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Rutherford cases named in SBI audit By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer
RUTHERFORDTON — Two Rutherford County murder cases were named in an audit of the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab. The county is reviewing both cases. In each instance, however, the defendant is dead. Analysts at North Carolina’s crime lab omitted, overstated or falsely reported blood evidence in dozens of cases, including three that ended in executions and
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another where two men were imprisoned for murdering Michael Jordan’s father, according to the scathing review, which was released Aug. 18, the Associated Press reported. The government-ordered inquest by two former FBI officials found that SBI agents repeatedly aided prosecutors in obtaining convictions over a 16-year period, mostly by misrepresenting blood evidence and keeping critical notes from defense attorneys. The review of blood evidence in cases
from 1987 to 2003 by two former assistant directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls for a thorough examination of 190 criminal cases, stating information that could have helped defendants was sometimes misrepresented or withheld, the AP said. One of the three cases that ended in an execution originated in Rutherford County. In the second case, Joe Russell Bright Jr. of Rutherfordton pleaded
Man dies at wreck scene An employee for Rutherford Heating & Air Conditioning died Friday afternoon after his work truck struck another truck. According to Forest City police, Larry France, 51, of Mooresboro, had just completed a job about 200 feet from McArthur’s off Oak Street when his work truck traveled through the back yard of the home, struck a tree, traveled across McArthur’s property and hit the parked truck. Police said he may have had a health problem, which could have caused him to wreck his truck. A witness saw him traveling through the yard and called for help. Rutherford County EMS, Rescue and Forest City firefighters performed life-saving measures at the scene. Jean Gordon/Daily Courier
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CHASE — Three high school students were hurt in two separate wrecks Friday morning as they drove to school. Two siblings who are attending Chase High School were hurt in a three-car crash at 7:30 a.m. Ma Guadalupe Mendoza, 16 and a junior, and her brother, Jorge Mendoza, a ninth-grader, were taken to Rutherford Hospital and released. The students were in a Ford Explorer traveling east on Harris-Henreitta Road, said D.R. Walker of the Highway Patrol. Karen Cave was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban and was turning left from Doc Wiseman Road when she failed to see Mendoza. Walker said Cave was turning around at Doc Wiseman Road after she realized she was going the wrong way on HarrisHenrietta Road. The cars collided, spun and struck another Ford Explorer, which was driv-
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en by Holly Marie Fleming, 28, traveling west on HarrisHenrietta. Cave was charged with failure to yield right of way; Mendoza was charged with having no driver’s license. In the other wreck, R-S Central High School student Michael Anthony Gonzalez, 16, suffered injuries to his legs after he crashed a 2005 Jaguar. Trooper M.S. McSwain said Gonzalez was traveling south on Cove Road and trying to turn left onto Padgett Road when he lost control of his car and ran off the road to the right. He crossed the center line, veered off the road to the left and overturned before striking a utility pole. McSwain said the utility pole hit the top of the car and was pushed into the driver’s seat. Gonzalez was taken to Rutherford Hospital. He was charged with reckless driving. Contact Gordon via e-mail at email@example.com
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Three workers for Sink Tower Erections of Winston-Salem build a new Highway Patrol Viper Tower off Fairground Road in Spindale. The employees were about 310 feet high on Tuesday as they worked on the tower. The Highway Patrol is allowing all emergency services to install equipment on the tower, said Gene Adair, Transit Authority director. Adair is seeking bids to install repeater equipment on the tower for the authority.
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FOREST CITY — Rutherford County’s unemployment rate for July was 14.6 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percent from June. Rutherford had the second highest unemployment rate in the state behind Scotland County’s 16.2. Across the state, 86 of the state’s 100 counties saw a decrease in unemployment rates. “It is still pretty busy as far as unemployment insurance,” said Sandra Miller, manager
of the Employment Security Commission office on Trade Street. “We have gotten a few more job openings in and a good percentage of them are temporary agencies. I see that as a trend across the state, as a lot of employers aren’t ready to hire permanently. Mainly those temporary positions are in manufacturing, but there are a few other types.” The 14.6 percent rate is similar to the 15 percent rate for the county 12 months ago, in July 2009. The rate shows a
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Church News Music/concerts
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Gospel singing: Aug. 29, 6 p.m., Joshua Baptist Church; featurConcert: Sept. 5, 11 ing Emily Smith of Old a.m., Shiloh Baptist Fort; a love offering will Church; featuring The be received. Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Concert: Aug. 29, 6 p.m., Mount Vernon Concert: Sept. 5, 6 Baptist Church; p.m., Crestview Baptist featuring Gaither Church; featuring The Homecoming’s Ann Blackwood Brothers Downing; love offerQuartet. ing will be received; www.mountvernonbapGospel singing: tistchurch.org. Sept. 5, 2 p.m., Village Chapel Church, Forest Singing: Aug. 29, City; featuring In His 6 p.m., Grays Creek Glory. Baptist Church; guest singers will be Neil Gospel singing: Sept. Pope and The Rocky 19, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 Creek Boys. p.m., Arrowood Baptist Church, Chesnee, S.C.; Singing: Aug. 29, featuring The Dixie 2 p.m., Faith Baptist Melody Boys. Church, Forest City; featuring Southern Special services Sounds. Praise and worLinger longer gosship service: Aug. 28, pel singing: Aug. 10 a.m., Faith Temple 29, 6 p.m., Johnson Church; led by Brother Memorial Baptist Jay McDowell; folChurch, Forest City. lowing at 10:30 a.m. worshipo will be led All-day singing by the Rev. Damon jubilee: Sept. 4, noon, Moss of Abundant Life Piney Mountain Baptist Ministries. Church; free concert featuring Forest Usher program: Aug. City Boys, south29, 3 p.m., St. Paul’s ern Sounds, Simple AME Zion Church; Faith, Rick Strickland, speaker Margie Forney. The Hoppers, Angel McGinnis, The Eubank Reinventing yourFamily; free face paint- self 2010: Sept. 5-Nov. ing for children, hot 8, 182 Hardin Road, dogs and hamburgers Forest City; nine-week sold; lunch from noon course on Sundays at to 2 p.m. and supper 9:30 a.m. or Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m.; proat 7 p.m.; free. ceeds will benefit the building fund. Youth revival: Sept. 9-11, Johnson Memorial Singing: Sept. 5, 7 Baptist Church, Forest p.m., Riverside Baptist City.
Homecoming: Sept. 12, 4 p.m., Russell Tabernacle Church; speaker the Rev. Thomas Abrams of Mount Olivet Church in Greenville, S.C.; revival will start Sept. 13-15, 7 nightly, speaker will be the Rev. Gregory Wallace of New Dimension World Outreach Center of Rutherfordton. Seven churches “Living in the Last Days:” Sept. 19, 3 p.m,. St. Paul AME Zion Church, Forest City; guest sperakers are Brother Morris Scales of Old Fort, Alva Finney of Rutherfordton, the Rev. Queen Hamilton of Spindale, Minister Joe Smith of Spindale, the Rev. Ellege Fowler of Marion, Elder Margie Patterson of Spindale and Sister Phyllis Wasburn of Forest City.
Fundraisers Chicken pie dinner: Aug. 28, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., High Shoal Baptist Church; all you care to eat, chicken pie, vegetables, desserts, tea or coffee; adults $5, children ages 6 to 12, $2.50, younger than 6 free; proceeds go to the family in need Christmas fund. Fish fry: Aug. 28, noon to 7 p.m., Temple of Jesus Church, Lake Lure. Spaghetti suppers fundraisers: The first Wednesday in September through November, 6:30
p.m., Golden VAlley Missionary Methodist Church; menu includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink; cost is by donation; proceeds will go to Haiti. Dinner sale: Sept. 2, St. Luke Holiness Church; menu includes fish and fried chicken ($6.50), chittlings ($7.50), hot dogs ($1.25 each), with sides of potato salad, mac and cheese, green beans, pinto beans, salw, cabbage, rolls or cornbread and sweet potato cobbler and peach cobbler for $1.50 each; for infomration, call 245-3222. Buffet breakfast: Sept. 4, 7 to 10:30 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church; $5 for all you can eat. Benefit: Sept. 4, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cane Creek Clubhouse; sponsored by Fork Creek Baptist Church; breakfast and lunch, bake and yard sale; proceeds will go to help Peggy Shepardson with medical expenses. Country ham supper: Sept. 4, 4 to 8 p.m., Duncan’s Creek Presbyterian Church; for information, call Bette Gettys, 245-9930 or Brenda Mode, 2456702. Poor man supper: Sept. 9, 4 to 7 p.m., Providence United Methodist Church; menu includes pintos, white beans, black eyed peas, greens, cooked cabbage, macaroni and
As A Man Thinketh For as a he thinks in his heart, so is he. New K.J.V. Proverbs 23.7 Just as we are physically what we eat, we are mentally what we think. And just as the body will not thrive on junk food, we will not thrive mentally or spiritually on bad thoughts. What we put into and turn over in our mind is the stuff that we are made of and this develops into character. A person who is always thinking wholesome thoughts will develop a wholesome personality, whereas someone who is always thinking negative thoughts will develop a negative personality. This can take many forms. Some people’s negative thoughts take the form of fear, others of anger or cynicism, or being overtly critical. Developing a positive mental attitude is not something that we can just decide to do. It takes a concerted effort, and we may be overcoming years of negativity, some of which may actually have been reinforced by parents or siblings. Fortunately, there are books which can help with harnessing the power of thought to give us a better life. A classic in this field is the little volume by James Allen entitled “As a Man Thinketh,” which was originally published in 1902. Some more modern approaches can be found in the field of positive psychology. The psychologist Martin Seligman has contributed several helpful books, including “Learned Optimism” and “Authentic Happiness.” Happiness is not something that just happens to us; we must work for it. And the best place to start is within our own hearts and minds.
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Chase Corner Ministries is now open the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon. The community is also welcome to bring yard sale items and set up in the parking lot on these Saturdays. The store is located on Chase High Road, directly across from the high school. Tickets are on sale for the gospel play “After the Pain” by Pamela Harrison, to be presented Sept. 3 at The Foundation; sponsored by the Carver Alumni Association; see an alumni member for tickets or call The Foundation box office at 286-9990. Youth/children’s fellowship: Every Saturday night, 7 p.m., Johnson Memorial Baptist Church; games, fun, refreshments. Feeding those in need: Aug. 28, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., New Dimension Church. Free family concert and movie night: Sept. 5, 6 p.m., Abundant Life CWC; concert starts at 6 p.m., movie starts after sunset; bring a lawn chair or blanket. Youth night: Fridays at 6 p.m. at East Rutherford Church of God. NA/AA meetings: Every Monday at 7 p.m., at New Life Christian Fellowship Church of God, 601 E. Main St., Spindale; contact James Keeter at 247-4681 for more information.
Mom’s Hope is a ministry that offers hope and support for mothers who face daily struggles and fears when their children are addicted to drugs or alcohol. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Missionary Wesleyan Church, 811 Doggett Rd., Forest City. Next meeting Feb. 11. For more information contact Chris at 287-3687. “The Way Home”: A support group for anyone recovering from an addiction; meetings are held each Monday at noon, in the basement of Harvest House Church, Big Springs Ave., Forest City; call Sheila at 828-447-1880 for more information. “Celebrate Recovery” is a weekly Christ-centered program that meets every Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1186 Hudlow Rd., Forest City. The group is open to anyone who wishes to find healing no matter what you’re going through. For more information call 245-3639.
Soup Kitchens Community Outreach: “Give By Faith Ministries” of Piney Mountain Baptist Church provides a soup kitchen, clothes closet and food pantry to those in need the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mobile pantry: Tuesday, June 15, 10 a.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Mooresboro; Hispanic Baptist Church “Cristo Vive:” please bring a basket/ box for food items; for Services on Sunday afternoons in English, 6 Rutherford County resip.m., every Sunday. The dents only. church is located at 929 Samaritan Oakland Road. Contact the Rev. Jairo Contreras Breakfast: Thursdays from 6 to 8 a.m., at at 289-9837. St. Francis Episcopal Church, 395 N. Main Women’s St., Rutherfordton. Community Bible Carry-out breakfast Study, “Living Life bags. with Purpose:” For eight weeks, beginSt. Paul AME Zion ning July 15, from 7 to Church, Forest City, 8 p.m., Abundant Life each Monday at 6 p.m. CWC; class is free. Children’s Bible study: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Johnson Memorial Baptist Church. Monthly food giveaway: First Baptist Church in Spindale holds a food giveaway the third Thursday of each month. Devotion and prayer service between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Bags of food given away afterwards. Open support group: “Let’s Talk About It”
St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 330 N. Ridgecrest Ave., Rutherfordton. First Baptist Church in Spindale, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday. New Beginnings Soup Kitchen, Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Green River Baptist Association, 668 N. Washington St., Rutherfordton.
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Court: â€˜Lifeâ€™ inmates to continue sentences
RALEIGH (AP) â€” North Carolina inmates given life terms under a quirky law more than 30 years ago should continue serving their sentences, North Carolinaâ€™s Supreme Court ruled Friday. In a 5-2 decision, the justices ruled in the cases of convicted killers Alford Jones and Faye Brown. Their â€œlifeâ€? sentences were defined as only 80 years under a law that was in effect during the 1970s, and they had argued that credits earned behind bars meant their sentences were complete. Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr. wrote in the opinion that the Department of Correction had a rational basis for denying sentence-reduction credits to those convicted of first-degree murder. He said that was the case for all the first-degree murder convicts sentenced when the law was in place from 1974 to 1978. â€œIn light of the compelling State interest in maintaining public safety, we conclude that these regulations do not require that DOC apply time credits for purposes of unconditional release to those who committed first-degree murder during (that period),â€? Edmunds wrote for the majority opinion. Justices Robin Hudson and Patricia Timmons-Goodson opposed the decision. â€œThe undisputed record ref lects that Jones has fully served his term of imprisonment and is thereby entitled to immediate unconditional release,â€? Timmons-Goodson wrote in a dissenting opinion that also applied to Brownâ€™s case. â€œThe decision to the contrary offends all notions of fundamental fairness.â€? Staples Hughes, an attorney representing both Brown and Jones with the state Office of the Appellate Defender, said heâ€™s considering whether there are grounds to take the cases to federal court. â€œWe know that this litigation has been difficult for the families of the victims in these cases, but we believe that the relevant precedents require a different result,â€? Hughes said in a prepared statement. Officials had said last year, following a Supreme Court decision confirming the 80-year limit on
the life sentences, that they were preparing to release some two dozen convicts because credits would reduce their sentences to completion. Dozens more could have become eligible in the months and years to come. â€œWe can all sleep a little sounder tonight knowing that violent prisoners will not be released into our communities without review or supervision,â€? Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement. The ruling does not address questions about inmates who were not convicted of first-degree murder. Some were convicted of rape. Some of the inmates have already been allowed out on work release programs. Others have been let out on parole. The 1970s law says that â€œa sentence of life imprisonment shall be Jean Gordon/Daily Courier considered as a sentence of impris- Detour signs direct traffic around U.S. 221A onto U.S. 74A as state Department onment for a term of 80 years in of Transportation crews paint beams at the overhead bridge on South Broadway the stateâ€™s prison.â€? Street in Forest City. Painting will be done at night on all the beams with the eastAttorneys for the inmates have argued that they have accrued thousands of credits that now mean their terms are complete. Attorneys for the state argued that while the inmates did store credits, they did not apply because the sentences were considered â€œlifeâ€? terms. Correction Secretary Alvin Keller said in a news conference the rulings uphold a 50-plus year policy in the state prison system that good-conduct credits are used for changing prisoner custody levels and parole eligibility â€” not to determine an unconditional release date. The approximately 130 prisoners that received life sentences defined as 80 years during the mid-1970s and are continuing their punishments will receive copies of the ruling and the opportunity to call their families and attorneys, the department said. Jones was convicted of killing William B. Turner Sr., who was shot in the chest during an attempted robbery in January 1975. Brown was sentenced for her role in the 1975 shooting death of a state trooper during a bank robbery.
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DOT lowers speed on U.S. 221 By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY â€” The speed limit on U.S. 221 from the state line to Island Ford Road will be lowered to 45 mph as soon as the signs are installed. Brian Skeen, resident engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation, said the portable speed-limit signs will be erected along the area of US 221 where workers are widening the roadway. The portable signs will go up each morning as crews begin the work. In the evening, workers will remove the signs after the DOT crews and contractors are done working for the day. The signs will go back up the next morning as work resumes. â€œAs soon as they get the signs down there, weâ€™ll do this on a daily basis,â€? Skeen said. A traffic law requiring drivers to reduce speeds in the construction area will be enforced as the signs
are erected. The amount of construction work on the widening project increases almost daily, Skeen has said. Signs are installed along the work zone, and information is available to inform motorists of the construction. Skeen and the Highway Patrol urge drivers to proceed through the construction zone with caution and remind people to keep their eyes on the road. The widening project is one of the most significant road projects in Rutherford County since construction of the U.S. 74 bypass to Columbus and Interstate 26. But because that was a new road, traffic congestion wasnâ€™t as problematic. Skeen said DOT encourages motorists to use alternate routes if possible to avoid the construction zone. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@ thedigitalcourier.com
County no longer in â€˜moderate droughtâ€™ status By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY â€” The N.C. Drought Monitor no longer includes Rutherford County in a Moderate Drought category. Rutherford is also the only western county no longer listed as Abnormally Dry. Forty-nine counties are listed as Abnormally Dry, including neighboring Polk County; 12 counties are in the Moderate Drought category. Northhampton County is in a Severe Drought category. â€œRainfall has been plentiful over the last couple of weeks in many areas
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decrease from the yearâ€™s high of 18 percent in January. â€œUnemployment rates dropped in the majority of the stateâ€™s 100 counties in July,â€? said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holes. â€œHowever, over half of our counties had unemployment rates over 10 percent. Local communities continue to be challenged by the current economic conditions. Our staff across the state continues to provide assistance to those seeking unemployment benefits and those seeking
of the state, including western North Carolina,â€? said Sarah Young, spokeswoman for the drought monitor. â€œThe rainfall has improved soil moisture and benefited agriculture. â€œWe still need to see regular rainfall for a longer period of time before abnormally dry conditions are removed in the western part of the state.â€? â€œAbnormally dry is not considered a drought category but indicates these areas could return to moderate drought depending on the rainfall they receive in the coming weeks.â€? â€œWe have had 4.9 inches of rain so far, a little over 0.5â€? above nor-
mal,â€? Broad River Water Authority Superintendent Brad Boris said Friday morning. Last month, Rutherford County entered a Moderate Drought category for the first time since April 2009. July was recorded as the driest month in the past decade, according to official readings taken in Lake Lure and off Union Road at the Broad River water plant. Itâ€™s the first time since June 29 that no western counties were classified as being in a moderate drought.
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Our Views Safe driving is everyone’s duty
ver the past week we have been stunned and saddened by the loss of three lives in automobile accidents on Rutherford County roadways. It is never easy to deal with such sudden loss and our sympathies go out to the families and friends of all those involved in these incidents. These incidents are grim reminders that we all have to be more alert and more careful when we are in motor vehicles. Sometimes we forget that the automobiles we are driving aretv dangerous machines. Most of us have been taught about the dangers and we have been exposed to safe driving practices. We should always remember to practice those skills. There is no guarantee even then that we can avoid all accidents, but if everyone is practicing safe driving the risks for everyone decrease dramatically.
Our readers’ views Offers data, comments on animal shelter To the editor: As the volunteer foster care coordinator of the dogs in Rutherford County through the Community Pet Center, I feel I must respond to the letter from JT Russell. I applaud your saving the cats that you own. I also thank you for the praise of our efforts in the spay/neuter education. Yes, you are correct in the fact that the CPC as a group has a trailer that we work out of on the shelter grounds. This in fact makes the life of our county employees much easier. We are there to help keep the shelter as clean as possible given the deplorable and over crowded conditions. Just so we are all on the same page, we are all taxpayers. The CPC does not want a new adoption center. We do not need to move our facilities out of the current one. The county needs a new shelter. No amount of money can fix the one we have. It was the idea of the current sheriff to put a separate adoption center on a different site. This is a horrible idea. In the year 2009: 4,055 animals were brought to the current pound. 178 were returned to their owners, 467 were adopted, 389 were sent to rescues and 2,921 were destroyed. The total man-hours the volunteers of the CPC donated to the county in 2009 were over 5775. The county only has two Animal Control Officers and a secretary/
operator to field calls from the public. These two officers cover over 566 square miles of county. The CPC and the sheriff’s department have a good working relationship. We can cover the shelter office so these officers are free to do an officers job. The officers should be out in the community investigating animal abuse and cruelty cases, bite cases, neglect etc. Without the CPC in place (on site) the county will have to increase the staffing. The CPC fields over 100 phone calls per day that would have to be answered by animal control if we weren’t there. We help to feed, house and medically treat animals in need. We are working in the schools to increase reading levels and educate our young people on the importance of spay/neuter and proper caring of their pets. We have therapy dogs working in schools and nursing homes. We take care of pets for the women in PATH so they might be able to be safe.
be divided. Our animals deserve better. Dee Ullrich Lake Lure
Says writer hits mark in letter on tax cuts To the editor: I should like to congratulate Ms Tara Wright for her understanding of the proposed “tax hikes” and telling the truth about them in her letter to the Courier. Ever wonder how Bush turned a budget surplus into a gigantic deficit? His administration was spending large amounts on the credit while they also were cutting taxes for the rich. Let’s restore the Bush tax cuts to those making over 250,000 which is the Obama proposal. The tax cuts for the wealthy added up to 46 percent of the Bush deficit. Ms Wright, keep up the good work. It is helpful. Ray Crawford Rutherfordton
We take care of pets for people in hospice care. We provide food for people who have pets and are getting meals on wheels. The animals of Rutherford County deserve a shelter. We as residents of Rutherford County need to provide it. Please do not throw my hardearned money away on an antiquated, over crowded, loud, smelly animal pound. Let’s build a new, modern no smell, no noise animal shelter (there is such a thing). The county does not have to
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So tell me, why should we not believe them? RALEIGH — I believe them. Why shouldn’t I? I believe Raleigh attorney John Wallace and other representatives of Beverly Perdue’s political team when they say there was no intent to mislead voters or evade state law by failing to report dozens of free flights Perdue took during her 2004 and 2008 campaigns. The Democratic majority on North Carolina’s state board of elections also believe Perdue’s team, which is why the board chose to impose a $30,000 fine for late campaign reporting and end its probe of the matter — rather than holding hearings, putting Perdue’s aides under oath, and investigating whether costlier punishments were warranted for intentional evasion of campaign laws. I believe Wallace’s explanation that the reason the Perdue team had failed to report the 42 flights was because the campaign kept sloppy records. I believe this explanation despite the fact that, as the initial inquiry by board of elections investiga-
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tor Kim Strach revealed, the Perdue campaign kept meticulous records of her travels. I believe Wallace’s claim that there was a pervasive lack of communication among Perdue aides about the issue of flight reimbursement. I believe this claim despite copious evidence, some of it in correspondence dating to the fall of 2008, that Perdue aides had extensive internal communication about the issue of flight reimbursement. I believe Wallace’s assertion that at the time, in the fall of 2008, the campaign did not know Buzzy Stubbs, a New Bern attorney, had paid for $28,000 worth of campaign flights. I believe Wallace even though he was
legal counsel to the Perdue campaign at the time and clearly had personal knowledge of Stubbs’ unpaid bill, which amounted to a very large and illegal campaign contribution. The timing requires some explanation. On October 20, 2008, Carolina Journal reported that then-Gov. Mike Easley had received free flights from political supporters during his 2000 and 2004 campaigns. The flights had not been reported and amounted to campaign contributions from corporations (which are illegal) and/or contributions above the legal limit for individuals. Within hours, Wallace — who had also acted as legal counsel for the Easley campaign — was fielding calls from other reporters on the matter. The story spread through the political world. Stubbs was obviously affected by it. On Oct. 23, 2008, he sent a letter to the Perdue campaign explaining that he personally had reimbursed his law firm $28,000 for
flights on aircraft the firm chartered. He then apparently tried to make that donation an in-kind contribution to the North Carolina Democratic Party, perhaps in an attempt to avoid putting the Perdue campaign in legal jeopardy. Wallace responded to the letter the next day — but not as counsel to Easley or Perdue. This time, he acted as counsel to the state Democratic Party, and informed Stubbs that the party could not accept his in-kind contribution. That was the end of any timely attempts to fix the problem. The flights Stubbs paid for weren’t disclosed by the Perdue campaign until the summer of 2009. For his part, Wallace later told Strach, the board of elections investigator, that the Perdue campaign didn’t reimburse Stubbs for the flights in 2008 because it didn’t know he had paid for them. I believe Wallace. Why shouldn’t I? As for the chairman and executive director of
the state board of elections, Larry Leake and Gary Bartlett respectively, I believe them when they deny any attempt to cover all this up by limiting whom Strach could interview, how she could conduct her interviews, and excluding these limitations from her initial report. I believe them when they say that the decision not to launch a broader investigation, putting Perdue aides under oath to determine whether there was a conspiracy to evade the law and mislead voters during the 2008 campaign, was based solely on their assumption that there was no such conspiracy, not on their desire to protect a sitting governor from further political damage. I believe the matter is now settled. Thank goodness, because I need to hurry home and put a tooth under my pillow for the Tooth Fairy. Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation.
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n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department responded to 149 E-911 calls Thursday. n Sue Ann Longdon reported the theft of approximately $500 worth of lumber. n Stacey Hughes reported the theft of a dog. n Troy Dalton of Dalton’s Used Cars reported the theft of $400 worth of car stereo equipment. n Curley Williams reported the theft of a refrigerator and wood-heating stove valued at about $350. n An employee at Dollar General reported the theft of $6 worth of deodorant.
Rutherfordton n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 35 E-911 calls Thursday.
Spindale n The Spindale Police Department responded to 25 E-911 calls Thursday.
Lake Lure n Lake Lure Police Department responded to ten E-911 calls Thursday.
Forest City n The Forest City Police Department responded to 46 E-911 calls Thursday.
Arrests n Casey Danielle Landis, 23, of 118 Landis St.; charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance; released on a $10,000 bond. (FCPD) n Chance Marcus Allen, 27, of 355 Mayse Road; charged with carrying a concealed gun; released on a $2,500 bond. (FCPD) n Archie Orlando Porter, 29, of 118 Landis St.; charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana; released on a $10,00 bond. (FCPD) n Jermel Charlemagne Foster, 29, of 1060 Ballpark Road; charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana, maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance; released on a $10,000 bond. (FCPD) n Patrick Maruice Littlejohn, 32, of 1010 Young St.; charged with driving while license revoked; released on a $1,000 bond. (RCSD) n Shantina Nichole Simmons, 31, of 170 Line Drive; charged with resisting a public officer; released on a $500 bond. (RCSD) n Brian Wray Torrey, 37, of 214 York Ave.; charged with simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; released on a $95,000 bond. (RCSD) n James Robert Davidson,
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Stella Louise Baber, 58, of Ellenboro, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, due to an automobile accident. A native of Greenwood County, S.C., she was a daughter of Ruby Miller Brown and the late Rev. Harold Brown. She worked as a CNA in n Michael James home health care for many Hawkins, 37, of 271 years and was a member of Mountain Creek Road; Bethel Baptist Church in charged with two counts Ellenboro. of misdemeanor probation In addition to her mother, violation and a felony prosurvivors include her husbation violation; released band of 38 years, Dean on a $20,000 bond. (RCSD) Baber; her son, Christopher n Jakin Joel Smith, 20, Dean Baber of Ellenboro; of 906 Pennsylvania Ave.; two brothers, Bennie Brown charged with simple assault of Cullowhee and Doug and resisting a public offiBrown of North Carolina; cer; released on a $1,500 two sisters, Dorothy Hyde of bond. (RCSD) Ellenboro and Brenda Brown of Bostic; and two grandchiln Kenneth Dale Bridges, dren. 51, of 1895 Walls Church A memorial service will be Road; charged with driving conducted Saturday at 3 p.m. while impaired, and havat Bethel Baptist Church ing an open container after with the Rev. John Godfrey consuming alcohol; released officiating. The family will on a $3,000 bond. (RCSD) receive friends one hour prior n Elizabeth Horne Taylor, to service time in the Bethel 38, of 174 Big Island Road; Baptist Family Life Center. charged with communicat- Burial will take place on a ing threats; released on a later date. written promise to appear. Memorials are suggested (RCSD) to Bethel Baptist Church, 479 Main St., Ellenboro, NC n Sue Ann Langdon, 69, 28040. of 348 Rob Long Road; Harrelson Funeral Home is charged with misdemeanor in charge of arrangements. larceny; released on a written promise to appear. Online condolences: www.harrel(RCSD) sonfuneralhome.com
EMS n Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services responded to 35 E-911 calls Thursday.
Kathleen Wright Kathleen Margaret Carroll Wright, 82, of Monroe, Ga., formerly of Stockport, England, Rutherfordton and Hampstead, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Carroll and Margaret Callen Carroll. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Gentry Wright; brother, Keith James Carroll of Stockport, England; son, James Keith Wright of Hampstead; daughters, Chantal Parker of Cartersville, Ga., and Michelle Flannery-Alderman of Walnut Grove, Ga.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by Meadows Funeral Home in Monroe.
Otho Norville Otho T. Norville, 91, of Forest City, died Friday Aug. 27, 2010, at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home.
Huldia Drucella Street, 73, of Bostic, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at Autumn Care of Forest City. She was a daughter of the n The Volunteer Life late Jesse and Lidia Walker Saving and Rescue, Hickory Street. Nut Gorge EMS and She was a member of Fork Rutherford County Rescue Creek Baptist Church. responded to no calls. Survivors include her brother, the Rev. Hubert Fire Calls Street of Bostic; and a number of nieces and nephews. n Forest City firefighters Funeral services will be responded to a power-line Saturday at 2 p.m. at Fork fire. Creek Baptist Church with n SDO firefighters the Revs. Hubert Street and responded to a residenBilly Cogdell officiating. The tial fire alarm and were family will receive friends assisted by Sandy Mush and one hour prior to the service. Spindale firefighters. Memorials may be made to n Union Mills firefighters Fork Creek Baptist Church. Crowe’s Funeral Home is in responded to a residential fire alarm.
Stella Louise Baber Stella Louise Baber, age 58, of Ellenboro, NC, died Thursday, August 26, 2010 due to an automobile accident. Stella was born on February 2, 1952 in Greenwood County, SC, to the Reverend Harold Brown and Ruby Miller Brown. She worked as a CNA in home health care for many years and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Ellenboro. She enjoyed gardening, baking and was always known as a hard worker. She was preceded in death by her father. In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband of 38 years, Dean Baber; her son, Christopher Dean Baber and his fiancé, Heather Owens, of Ellenboro; two grandchildren, Christie Baber and Christopher Baber; two brothers, Bennie Brown of Cullowhee, NC and Doug Brown of North Carolina; two sisters, Dorothy Hyde of Ellenboro and Brenda Brown of Bostic. A memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Bethel Baptist Church with Reverend John Godfrey officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time in the Bethel Baptist Family Life Center. Interment will take place on a later date. Memorials are suggested to Bethel Baptist Church, 479 Main Street, Ellenboro, NC 28040. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the Baber Family. An online guest registry is available at: www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com Paid obit.
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Mindy Cassady, age 58, of Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at Hospice House. Mindy was born on November 7, 1951, in Mecklenburg County, NC, to the late Henry Gibbs Cassady and Mattie Evelyn Mathis Cassady. She worked as a secretary for many years and was a Presbyterian. She enjoyed writing poetry and swimming. Survivors include two sisters, Gail Pallotta and husband, Rick, of Marietta, GA and Cathey Stoney and husband, Paul, of Saluda, NC; three nieces, Laurie Pallotta of Nashville, TN, Nora Stoney of Asheville, NC and Lydia Stoney of Saluda, NC. She is also survived by several cousins, including, Karen Bushong of Wilkesboro, NC. A graveside memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery with Chaplain Cecelia Beck officiating. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mindy Cassady. An online guest registry is available at www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com
Worth William Johnson Worth William Johnson, 84, of Spindale, died Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Hospice House. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Cicero and Onnie Laughter Johnson. He was a retired educator with Rutherford County Schools serving as a coach, mentor and friend to many. He was past director at the Spindale House and taught many youth how to swim, play football, basketball, baseball, and bowl. He then moved to R-S Central High School in 1967 where he served until his retirement in many capacities which included Head Football Coach, Athletic Director, Basketball Coach, Tennis Coach and PE and Driver’s Education teacher. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Spindale United Methodist Church where he served on every committee during his life as well as serving as a youth counselor and donating many hours keeping the church grounds beautiful. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grace Thomas Johnson of the home; one son, Bill Johnson and wife Myra of Spindale; one daughter, Leslie Johnson McBrayer and husband Pat of Newtown, PA; was “Poppy” to four grandchildren: Carson McBrayer McGarrity and husband Matt of Bexley OH, Ryan Bridges Johnson of Mauldin, SC; Patrick Johnson McBrayer of Philadelphia, PA; Whitney Johnson Abrams and husband Holden of New Bern, NC and one four-week-old great granddaughter – Charlea Grace Abrams. He spent many summers with his grandchildren enjoying life at the beach and playing and laughing at Mema and Poppy’s house. His last wish was fulfilled by living to see his first great grandchild, Charlea. He spent two weeks doting on her and singing his favorite song – Down in the Valley while holding her in his arms. He is also survived by one sister, Diane Sanford and husband Ken of Rutherfordton; one brother, Raymond Johnson of Decatur, Ga; and his faithful canine companion, Smokey. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Spindale United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Pyatt officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Jack Huss, Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, Ray Dixon and Charlie Byrd. A private entombment will be held later. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the R-S Central Athletic Department, Spindale Library or Spindale United Methodist Church. An online guest register is available at: www.crowemortuary.com Paid obit
Kathleen Margaret Carroll Wright
Kathleen Margaret Carroll Wright, age 82, of Monroe, Georgia, formerly of Stockport, England, formerly of Rutherfordton, NC, formerly of Hampstead, NC, went to be with God on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. She is preceded in death by her parents, James Carroll and Margaret Callen Carroll and infant daughter, Collette. Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband of more than 62 years, Gentry Wright; brother, Keith James Carroll of Stockport, England; son, James Keith Wright of Hampstead, North Carolina; daughter, Chantal Parker of Cartersville, Georgia; and daughter and sonin-law, Michelle FlanneryAlderman and John Alderman of Walnut Grove, Georgia. She is also survived by grandchildren, Kathleen McNeil of North Carolina; Katie Mae Poore of Woodstock, Georgia; and Gentry Parker of Cartersville, Georgia. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren. Kathleen grew up in Stockport, England during WWII, singing and dancing on stage in her youth. As a young teen she served in the British ARP (Air Raid Precaution), riding her bike through the neighborhood to warn of air raids, get people indoors, and notify for blackouts. One time an incendiary bomb landed only a few feet behind her as she pedaled up Naples Road, spreading flames and almost burning an elderly neighbor. Kathleen served in the British Land Army as a young adult, working on an area dairy farm. Kathleen and Gentry met at Christmastime in 1947, when Gentry, serving in the American Army Occupation of Germany, went to Stockport to be best man at the wedding of one of Kathleen’s friends. It was love at first sight, and they wed on June 19, 1948. Thereafter, Kathleen was frequently and fondly referred to as Gentry’s WWII souvenir. Kathleen overcame many hardships in her life, including severe poverty, and the loss of a child, but never quite overcame basic fears developed as a child being raised in a war-torn nation. In 1967, Kathleen received a letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service stating that she might be deported because she had not completed her annual registration as a military spouse. Kathleen wrote them back stating that while her husband was deployed overseas in Vietnam, she was busy raising a family, working a full time job, and maintaining the home. She added that she was so busy, she’d forgotten she wasn’t an American citizen. She became a naturalized citizen of this country in 1968. Kathleen loved the ocean, and retired, with Gentry, to Hampstead, NC in the 70s, where they took up commercial fishing. It was her greatest joy to be out on the water, where she always felt nearest to God. While being in a boat on the water was her favorite pastime, Kathleen also took a turn at backyard gardening and raising livestock. She and Gentry also cared for foster children in their home, and later worked for a number of years with the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina, where she and Gentry earned great respect for their ability to work successfully with emotionally disturbed teens. It was at this time, in her 60s, that Kathleen started white water rafting. In her later years, Kathleen and Gentry retired once more to their home near the ocean where Kathleen happily preoccupied herself with yard sales and occasional boat rides in the sound. In 2005, she and Gentry moved to Georgia to be nearer their daughters as health concerns arose. Kathleen Margaret Carroll Wright was a remarkable woman who touched many, many lives. Her loving spirit, her smile, her laughter, her wit, and her sharp tongue will be remembered by all those who knew her, and missed by all those who loved her. Arrangements are being handled by Meadows Funeral Home in Monroe, Georgia. Paid obit.
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Ongoing Foothills Harvest Ministry: $5 plastic grocery bag sale, $7 tall kitchen bag sale, $9 30-gallon trash bag sale; bags can be filled with clothes and shoes. Silent auctions for Relay for Life: Held weekly through Sept. 10. Photos and details will be posed on the Rutherford County government website at www.rutherfordcountync.gov. Items will be posted each Monday and bids end each Friday at noon. For information or to place a bid, e-mail Debra Conner, debra. firstname.lastname@example.org. Luminaria sale and can food drive: Relay for Life Rutherford County is selling luminarias, which will be lighted Sept. 10 at Relay for Life, for $10; luminarias may be purchased online at www.relayforlife.org/rutherfordnc or by calling Gail Strickland, 245-2156 or 2331735. In addition, canned foods will be used to weigh down the luminarias. After Relay, the canned foods will be donated to Communities in Schools and Grace of God Rescue Mission; cans should be 11 to 15 ounces to best fit in the luminarias. Washburn Community Outreach Center: Entire store apparel halfprice; hours Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; contact the center regarding the GED program offered by ICC at 245-5603. Recreational soccer sign ups: Mail in registration has been extended; all forms, which can be found at www.rcsoccer.org, must be postmarked by Aug. 25. Walk-in registration and a mini camp will be held Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the field at Isothermal Community College; all players must provide a copy of their birth certificate. For more information, call 286-0073 or e-mail rutherfordcountyscoccer@ yahoo.com. Celebration of the Arts applications: Will be accepted through Sept. 8 at the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 N. Main St., Rutherfordton; guidelines and information available at www.rcvag. com.
Saturday, Aug. 28 Community yard sale: 8 a.m. to noon, Florence Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center; proceeds will go to Relay for Life. Ride for a Cure: Various level rides beginning at 8 and 8:30 a.m.; $20 entry fee; benefits Relay for Life; for information, call Scott Moore at 657-6044. Car wash: 9 a.m. to noon, Retro Cinemas; hosted by East High’s JV cheerleaders; minimum donations are $5 cars, $7 trucks, $10 SUVs; proceeds go toward purchase of new uniforms. Parking lot swap meet: 10 a.m., Union Mills Learning Center; bring items for barter or sale – plants, produce, baked goods, tools, services, materials, farm/domestic animals, household items; bring a picture and information for items too large to bring; set up begins at 9:30 a.m., no charge for table space. Kids’ Computer Corner: Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, Union Mills Learning Center; free to the public and geared toward children preschool through third grade who may not have access to a computer or the Internet at home; educational software and adult-supervised access to the Internet. Animal Control: Open from 10 a.m. to noon. Back to school cookout and bake sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rutherford County Chapter of the American Red Cross; children’s games, bean bag toss, fishing game, water balloon toss and face painting.
Sunday, Aug. 29 Blood drive: noon to 4:30 p.m., Floyd’s Creek baptist Church, Forest City; call 245-1059.
guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of David Edward Buff. The shooting was Sept. 13, 1988. Buff was shot in the head with a .44-magnum pistol. Bright entered the plea July 16, 1991, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Phillip Lee Ingle was executed Sept. 22, 1995, by lethal injection for the July 29, 1991, killings of Fred, 68, and Margaret Davis, 67. An ax handle was used to slay the Davises. Ingle also was accused of killing a couple in Cherryville. In the Ingle case, blood was found on a chair. But, the FBI agents’ report says, “Indications for the presence of blood were detected on item, however, insufficient evidence was observed to allow for conclusive identification of blood on this item.”
Suicide? In connection with that case, Joey Melton, a son-in-law of the Davis couple, apparently committed suicide some two weeks before Ingle was arrested. He had been questioned in the Davis killings. Rutherford County Sheriff Jack Conner plans to take another look at that aspect of the case. “This was evidently a guy they suspected as a suspect,” the sheriff said Tuesday. “They thought he committed suicide. I don’t know if he felt like he was forced into suicide, because he was a suspect, or what. “He might have felt like his life was crashing down around him, with everybody looking at him and thinking he did these murders and committed suicide. I don’t know. We’re going to look at that aspect of it. I am, and maybe our investigators will ... see about the suicide part of it. “We’re just going to look back and make sure this was a suicide. If everything looks like it was a suicide, then we’ll leave it that way. I don’t want to say we are opening up a homicide case. We’re just opening it up and looking at it — go back through the material and look at it and make a determination. “The DA is looking into the Bright case. And I’m going to ask the DA to review the Davis case. It’s a pretty thick file, and it’s going to take a little while.” Since Melton is dead, Connor said, little can be done. But the family might feel better with a final determination on Melton’s death. Alan Leonard was district attorney in District 29 — which at that time included five counties — when the Davis killings occurred. He spoke in general about the case Tuesday but did not remember all of the specifics in the case. He has not seen the report about the SBI’s problems. “But the blood work would have made no difference,” he said. As for Melton being a suspect in the Davis murders, there were valid reasons for investigators to suspect him, Leonard said. “He (Melton) had some personal issues going on. It was common sense; there was an unsolved murder. They had reasons for suspecting him.” Melton died of a gunshot wound. Leonard said the way the body was discovered, and the fact that there were no signs of a struggle or forced entry, and no apparent motive for killing Melton, he thinks the death was probably a suicide. “But the Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney will look at what they have,” Leonard said. In the Bright case, the FBI found, the “Item gave chemical indications for the presence of blood. However, further testing yielded inconclusive
Tuesday, Aug. 31 Homemade ice cream sale: 11 a.m. until, State Employees Credit Union, Rutherfordton branch; proceeds benefit Relay for Life. GRACE: For anyone caring for a loved one, held the first Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Rutherford Life Services; today’s topic is “Legal issues for caregivers” with attorney John B. Crotts; hosted by Hospice of Rutherford County. HOPE Support Group: Tuesdays, at 6 p.m. at the Center of Living for any adult in the community who has lost a loved one. Offered at no cost by Hospice of Rutherford County.
Confessions and pleas The SBI report does not conclude that innocent people were convicted, noting the evidence wasn’t always used at trials and defendants may have admitted to crimes. But it states prosecutors and defense lawyers need to check whether tainted lab reports helped lead to confessions or pleas. Attorney General Roy Cooper ordered the review in March after an SBI agent testified the crime lab once had a policy of excluding complete blood test results from reports offered to defense lawyers before trials. The existence of the policy was later confirmed by a former SBI director. Agent Duane Deaver’s testimony led to the exoneration of a murder convict imprisoned nearly 17 years. The review found 230 cases in which eight SBI analysts filed reports that, at best, were incomplete. Of those, 190 resulted in criminal charges. The report says the lab may have violated federal and state laws mandating that evidence favorable to defendants be shared with their lawyers. It also bolsters defense attorneys’ long-held argument that the lab is in the pocket of law enforcement.
Death row Besides the executions, the report urged a closer look at the cases of four people on death row and one whose death sentence was commuted to life. The cases also include the 1993 murder of James Jordan, father of the NBA star, who was sleeping in his car along a highway when he was killed. Two men were sentenced to life in prison. The review states an SBI analyst reported that an examination of the scene indicated the presence of blood, but didn’t say that four subsequent tests were inconclusive. The problems detailed in the report follow similar story lines: Lab results that contradicted preliminary tests indicating blood at a scene were routinely kept from defense lawyers. Those secondary results were in analysts’ handwritten notes, but not in evidence presented at court. The report blames the f laws on factors including poorly crafted policy and ineffective management. The lab’s operations have changed substantially since 2003, when it began using more modern blood testing.
Deaver is linked to the five cases the report characterizes as the most egregious violations, and it accuses him of overstating or falsely reporting blood test results, including one in the case against Desmond Keith Carter, who was executed in 2002. In two of the cases, including Carter’s, Deaver’s final report on blood analyses said his tests “revealed the presence of blood” when his notes indicated negative results from follow-up tests. His notes indicate that he got a negative result because he didn’t have enough sample left for the confirmatory test. The attorney general’s office said Carter confessed to the crime, and the evidence in question wasn’t introduced at trial, the report said. In three other cases, the review said Deaver’s reports stated further tests were “inconclusive” or “no result” while his lab notes ref lected negative results. Deaver still works for the SBI, although no longer in the crime lab. He didn’t return a message left at his office, and nobody came to the door of his home Wednesday afternoon. Chris Swecker and co-author Mike Wolf’s report leaves open the possibility that he didn’t purposely misreport results. New SBI Director Greg McLeod has said Deaver is now on investigatory placement, which means he cannot work but is paid while an investigation continues. Attorney David Rudolf, who has represented clients who have sued the SBI and tangled with Deaver in a famous murder case, said new trials should be given in all cases in which Deaver’s testimony played a significant role. “Justice is the cornerstone of our society, and it can’t be done on the cheap,” he said in an e-mail.
Search committee Friday, McLeod named eight people to help search for a new director of the agency’s crime lab, the same day a prosecutors’ group called for an audit of the entire lab. “These are people who care deeply about the criminal justice system and who will bring their expertise and experience to this search,” McLeod said in a statement Friday. “We can consult with the scientific community and review needs inside and out of the SBI lab to find the best candidate.” Members of the advisory group include attorney Joe Cheshire, who has pushed for changes at the SBI; and Seth Edwards, president of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys, which called Friday for an audit of the entire crime lab. Other members include: Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner; Cary police Chief Pat Bazemore; Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby; Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley; Moore County District Attorney Maureen Kreuger; and attorney Phil Baddour, president of the Advocates for Justice, a group of defense attorneys. The district attorneys’ group called Friday for Cooper to commission an audit of the lab and for state budget leaders to make the money available for the audit. Edwards said crime victims will suffer if the SBI’s reputation isn’t rehabilitated. “Restoring the public’s confidence not only in the SBI lab, but our entire system of justice, is our paramount concern, and a full-scale audit of the lab is a step in the right direction,” Edwards said. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Contact Dale via e-mail at email@example.com
Monday, Aug. 30 Free hunter safety course: 6 to 9 p.m., tonight through Sept. 1 (must attend all three nights), N.C. Cooperative Extension Office; to register, visit www.ncwildlife.org or call Officer Dan Vogel at 447-0882 between 9 am. and 9 p.m.
results.” It wasn’t indicated what the “item” was. A voluntary dismissal was taken on Bright’s alleged accomplice, Darrell Lexton Keeter, who was on the docket on charges of aiding and abetting first-degree murder. A newspaper story from 1991 indicates Keeter was intoxicated the night of the shooting, but was with Bright. Keeter reportedly heard the fatal shot and asked, “Who was that?” Bright allegedly said it was Buff. Leonard, then district attorney, told a Daily Courier reporter shortly after the plea that the plea arrangement was taken because, “It came down to a question of who the jury would believe, Bright or Keeter.” Bright did not serve the entire sentence, and he is dead. Leonard said Tuesday that he does not remember details of the Bright case, noting that he handled many homicide cases during his time as district attorney from 1982 to 1995. He was an assistant district attorney for seven years before that. “Is this an independent, unbiased lab, or is it to be used as a tool for the prosecution?” said Rep. Larry Hall, a Durham Democrat.
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Nation Today Body of Las Vegas woman found in home
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A fourmonth search for a missing Las Vegas woman has come to an end in the unlikeliest of places: her own home. The Clark County Coroner’s office said Friday that the corpse found in the clutter-filled home belongs to 67-year-old Billie Jean James. A spokeswoman says it could take weeks to determine when and how she died. Police say her husband made the shocking discovery this week.
Police say they searched the home several times — even using dogs from a unit that helped locate bodies at ground zero after Sept. 11. But they were unable to find the body amid the hoards of clothes, knickknacks and other junk.
Feds to lift temporary cap from Gulf well
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government said it will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap that stopped oil from gushing out of BP’s blown-out Gulf well so that engineers can raise a key piece of equipment from the
seabed. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man for the spill response, told reporters Friday that engineers must remove the cap so they can raise the failed blowout preventer. The blowout preventer is considered a key piece of evidence in determining what caused the April rig explosion that unleashed the gushing oil. The leak was first contained when engineers were able to place a cap atop the well.
Officials: Ambassador’s daughter dies in fall NEW YORK (AP) — The 17-yearold daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Thailand plummeted to her death from a high-rise apartment building Friday morning during a party, two law enforcement officials said. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Nichole John fell about 4:15 a.m., apparently from the top floor of the 25-story Herald Towers, the officals said. She was found on a third-floor ledge with severe trauma to the body. Her death was believed to be an accident.
Carter brings American prisoner home from N. Korea
BOSTON (AP) — An American held captive for seven months in North Korea stepped off a plane in his hometown Friday, looking thin but joyful as he hugged the former president who had helped win his release and family and friends surrounded him in a group embrace. Aijalon Gomes was accompanied by former President Jimmy Carter, who had flown to Pyongyang to negotiate his freedom. Gomes, who had been teaching English in South Korea, was imprisoned and sentenced to eight years’ hard labor for crossing into the North from China on Jan. 25 for unknown reasons. North Korea’s state-run news agency reported last month that Gomes had attempted suicide, leading his family to ask for his release on humanitarian grounds. North Korea said this week it would release
Gomes to Carter if the former president went to get him. Gomes hugged Carter and then his mother before his loved ones encircled him, praying and waving their hands skyward. One man gripped a small American flag, and others held a banner behind them that read: “Welcome home! Disciple of the Lord Aijalon Mahli Gomes. Salvation is ours.” The banner also pictured a Christian cross and contained biblical references to Acts, Psalms, and Job, an Old Testament book about a man who survived great tribulation. Gomes’ mother and family members hugged Carter and shook his hand before the group headed inside the terminal, as Gomes smiled and waved at loved ones along the way. A few minutes later, Carter reboarded the plane and left Boston.
John Cangialosi, Hurricane Specialist, studies the movement of Hurricane Danielle and other tropical weather patterns at the National Hurricane Center in Miami Thursday.
Hurricane Danielle has hit Category 4 strength MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Danielle became a Category 4 storm early Friday far out over the Atlantic as it headed in Bermuda’s direction and threatened to bring dangerous rip currents to the U.S. East Coast. Danielle’s maximum sustained winds were near 135 mph (215 kph) with some slight strengthening possible. Danielle was located Friday about 480 miles (770 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda and moving northnorthwest near 12 mph (19 kph). The hurricane’s center is forecast to pass well east of Bermuda on Saturday night. But large waves and dangerous surf conditions were expected in
Bermuda over the next few days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Swells from Danielle would also begin arriving on the East Coast of the U.S. on Saturday and were likely to cause dangerous rip currents through the weekend. Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Earl was moving west with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph (75 kph). Forecasters said Earl could become a hurricane by Sunday. And in the Pacific, Hurricane Frank was losing strength off Mexico’s coast and was expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Friday evening.
Authorities searching desert for deputy’s killer PHOENIX (AP) — More than 120 law officers were combing through a remote desert area on the ArizonaUtah line on Friday, hunting for a gunman accused of shooting and killing a Utah sheriff’s deputy with a high-powered rifle following a robbery and a foot chase. Scott Curley, 23, fled into the wilderness covered with rock formations and caves after Kane County Deputy Brian Harris was shot near Fredonia, a small town just south of the Utah border, authorities said. Curley was familiar with the area and may have stashed food and supplies in caves and cliffs described as “spider holes,” his friends told investigators. “I think he had malice in his heart, but I didn’t think it would go this far,” said Richard Pulliam, a neighbor of Curley in Fredonia. Harris, 41, on Thursday was chasing a man suspected of trying to burglarize Fredonia High School on Wednesday. Authorities did not immediately provide details of the burglary or what happened between then and the foot chase. Coconino County issued a temporary felony warrant for first-degree murder for Curley. “He has been reportedly carrying a high-powered rifle and has already shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy,” said Erika Wiltenmuth, a spokeswoman for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, one of 21 agencies looking for Curley. “Officer safety and citizen safety is the primary
concern.” The manhunt lasted throughout the night and into Friday, with dozens of law officers, some in helicopters or leading tracking dogs, searching the remote desert. Pulliam, 68, who has lived across the street from Curley and three other men since 2005, told The Associated Press they would sometimes party at the house until the late-night hours or drive home drunk and pass out on the lawn before making it inside. “They’d have fights out on the streets and get to whoopin’ and hollerin’ at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning,” he said. Pulliam, a retired truck driver, recalled a wedding at his house when Curley and the others allegedly went through parked cars but stopped without any problems when he asked them to leave. “They were just kids being kids, and if they were irritating or being too loud, you’d go over and talk to them,” he said. “They’d calm right down, say they’re sorry, that they were just having a little fun and got a little carried away.” Pulliam was surprised to hear Curley was suspected of killing Harris. “I never thought he was capable of this; he must have got awful mad,” he said. Pulliam said he doubted Curley had any supplies stashed in the wilderness or had any type of survival skills.
8A — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Saturday, August 28, 2010
Nation/world World Today Police killings raise cult fears MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The targeted killing of three police officers in northern Nigeria has investigators worried a radical Muslim sect may be making a violent comeback. An inspector and a corporal were killed in Maiduguri on Wednesday night, while another policeman was killed while guarding the personal residence of Yobe state’s governor. Investigators said late Thursday the killings, which come after the July 2009 uprising by members of the Boko Haram sect, appear to be the work of the outlawed group. In the Maiduguri attack, gunmen on motorcycle sped up behind the two officers, riding together on a single motorcycle. The gunmen stole the police officers’ rifles before speeding away, witnesses said. In Yobe state, officers arrested two suspected Boko Haram members, one of whom was downloading a sermon by the sect slain leader, Mohammed Yusuf. Abdu said military intelligence officers and members of Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Services, were assisting in the investigations.
Kenya gets new constitution
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president signed a new constitution into law Friday that institutes a U.S.-style system of checks and balances and has been hailed as the most significant political event since Kenya’s independence nearly a half century ago. Kenya’s new constitution is part of a reform package that President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga committed themselves to after signing a power-sharing deal in February 2008. That deal ended violence that killed more than 1,000 people following Kenya’s disputed December 2007 presidential vote. Friday’s event comes after an overwhelming majority of Kenyan voters adopted the new constitution in an Aug. 4 referendum. Kibaki’s signature formally marks the end of a decades-long struggle to cut down the massive powers of the presidency.
Bombs kill three U.S. troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Homemade bombs killed three U.S. troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan on Friday, and a roadside blast tore through a crowded market in the increasingly volatile north, killing three police and two civilians. No other details about the attacks on the U.S. troops were given by NATO and the identities of those killed were not immediately released. A total of 55 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan this month, including 35 Americans, according to a count by The Associated Press.
Floods displace more Pakistanis
THATTA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis fled floodwaters Friday after the surging River Indus smashed through levees in two places, but many refused to leave the danger zone while others took shelter in an ancient graveyard for Muslim saints. The new flooding came after the Taliban issued a veiled threat against foreign aid workers helping out in the crisis, a development likely to complicate the massive relief effort. More than 8 million people are in need of emergency assistance across the country. The floods began in the mountainous northwest about a month ago with the onset of monsoon rains and have moved slowly down the country toward the coast in the south, inundating vast swaths of prime agricultural land and damaging or destroying more than 1 million homes.
A soldier and investigators work at the site where a vehicle exploded outside the Televisa network in the northern city of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, Friday. Two cars exploded early Friday, in front of the offices of a major Mexican television station and a transit police station, in a northern state where officials are investigating the massacre of 72 Central and South American migrants.
Car bomb rocks TV station SAN FERNANDO, Mexico (AP) — Two cars exploded early Friday, in front of the offices of a major Mexican television station and a transit police station, in a northern state where officials are investigating the massacre of 72 Central and South American migrants. There were no injuries in either explosion, though both caused some damage to buildings and knocked out the signal of the Televisa network for several hours in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the drug gangplagued state of Tamaulipas. The explosion outside Televisa was felt for several blocks. Soldiers were blocking access to the building, Televisa said. The network described the explosion as a car bomb, but an official with the state attorney general’s office couldn’t confirm the type of explosions, just that two cars caught fire and blew up. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the incidents. If confirmed, it would mean a total of four car bombs in Mexico this year — a new and frightening tactic in the country’s escalating drug war. The first exploded July 5 in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing a federal police officer and two other people. The second, which caused no injuries, happened just two weeks ago in front of police headquarters in Ciudad Victoria. Authorities are investigating the disappearance of two lawenforcement officials in San Fernando, where the bodies were found: a prosecutor and a transit police supervisor, the state official said. Neither was involved in the massacre investigation, the official said, add-
Mexico: Prosecutor linked to migrant killing case missing MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon says a state prosecutor investigating the massacre of 72 Central and South American migrants is missing. Calderon says that Roberto Jaime Suarez disappeared two days ago in the town of San Fernando, along with a transit police officer. Calderon said Friday that Suarez was involved in the initial investigation of the massacre. ing that it is still unclear how long they have been missing. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the case. Just north of Ciudad Victoria, heavily guarded investigators worked to identify 72 migrants massacred near the U.S. border, while human rights advocates demanded Mexico do more to stop the exploitation and abuse of migrants that they say led to the heinous crime. Marines are protecting the pink, one-story funeral home where the bodies were taken after being discovered on a ranch Tuesday, bound, blindfolded and slumped against a wall. Tamaulipas state Assistant Attorney General Jesus de la Garza said Thursday that 15 bodies had been identified: eight from Honduras, four from El Salvador, two from Guatemala and one from Brazil. Diplomats from several of those nations
traveled to Mexico to help identify them, and Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission sent investigators to monitor the process. The government’s chief security spokesman said the migrants were apparently slain because they refused to help a gang smuggle drugs. “The information we have at this moment is that it was an attempt at forced recruitment,” Alejandro Poire told W radio. “It wasn’t a kidnapping with the intent to get money, but the intention was to hold these people, force them to participate in organized crime — with the terrible outcome that we know.” The victims of what could be Mexico’s biggest drug-gang massacre were traversing some of the nation’s most dangerous territory, trying to reach Texas. The lone survivor said the assassins identified themselves as Zetas, a drug gang that dominates parts of the northern state of Tamaulipas. In San Fernando, a crumbling colonial town of about 30,000 on Mexico’s Gulf coast, most people interviewed by The Associated Press were afraid to give their names. A funeral home employee said the dead were stored in a refrigerated truck in the parking lot, where flies buzzed above white powder spread over bloodstains. “This is frightening. It’s horrible,” said a tortilla stand worker in the crumbling colonial town of about 30,000 on Gulf coast. “It smells like death. I vomited,” his friend added. Rights advocates warn that migrants are increasingly being kidnapped, killed and exploited by gangs as they travel through Mexico toward the United States.
Landslide kills 12 people in Turkey The Daily Courier office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 for Labor Day. The following early deadlines apply Retail Advertising: Publishes Tuesday Sept. 7 and TMC Deadline: Thurs., Sept. 2 • 3:00 pm Publishes Wednesday, Sept. 8 Deadline: Fri. Sept. 3 • 3:00 pm • Early dealines for Classified Advertising Publishes Tues., Sept 7 and TMC 2010 Liners Deadline: Fri. Sept. 3 • 1:30 pm Class Display Deadline: Thurs., Sept. 2 • 1:30pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rains swept through a town in northern Turkey, killing at least 12 people, officials said Friday. The landslide hit dozens of homes in Gundogdu, in the tea-growing Black Sea province of Rize. The
region has become prone to landslides because of deforestation to clear way for plantations. The rains began late Thursday, as many people were breaking their dawn-to-dusk fasts for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to the Anatolia news agency.
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Eagles slash Central
Regan Smith gets new 2-year deal DENVER (AP) — Regan Smith has signed a contract extension with Furniture Row Racing through the 2012 season to drive the team’s No. 78 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Smith is running a full Cup schedule for the first time this season. His best finish so far in 2010 is a 14th at Atlanta in March. Last year, his first season with the team, he competed in 18 races with a best finish of 12th in the July race at Daytona. The 26-year-old Smith, from Cato, N.Y., says he’s “happy and humbled” by the extension. Smith, 2008 Cup rookie of the year, has competed in 83 career races in NASCAR’s premier series since his debut in March 2007 at Bristol. He also has 102 Nationwide starts and 23 in the Truck Series but has never won in any of the three divisions.
Local Sports CROSS COUNTRY Noon Chase, R-S Central at Hendersonville (Jackson Park)
On TV 7:30 a.m. (ESPN2) English Premier League Soccer Blackburn Rovers vs. Arsenal. 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Nationwide Series: NAPA Auto Parts 200, Final Practice. Noon (ESPN) High School Football Byrnes (S.C.) vs. Hoover (Ala.). 1 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) WTA Tennis U.S. Open Series - Pilot Pen, Final. 1 p.m. (WSOC) (WLOS) Little League Baseball World Series, International Championship: Teams TBA.
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East’s Maddox Stamey (7) looses grip on the ball during the action against Forestview Friday at East Rughterford High. The Cavilers recovered the ball for a loss.
Jags nip Cavs, 7-6 By SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Editor
FOREST CITY — The Forestview Jaguars escaped Bryan Harrill Stadium Friday with a 7-6 win over East Rutherford. Coaches are constantly reminding their charges that football is a game of four quarters, and Friday’s affair will be exhibit one for both teams as the season progresses. Deadlocked at 0-0 after three quarters of play, the Cavaliers mounted the game’s first scoring drive. East marched 85 yards on 11 plays with Adrian Wilkins rolling in from five yards out to cap the effort. East’s Trevor Dobbins’ point after was low and blocked at the line of scrimmage as East took a 6-0 lead with eight minutes to play. Wilkins gained 55 of his 143 rushing yards on the drive. Forestview (1-1) responded with a scoring drive of its own.
The Jags, following the kickoff, took over at their own 23 yard line. Forestview’s Octavious Wallace keyed the 77-yard drive with eight carries that gained 51 yards. Forestview’s Tyerecas Jeter went in to the end zone from eight yards out with just over two minutes to play to knot the game, 6-6. All eyes then fell on placekicker Cody Bridges, who looked to give the Jags a one-point lead with his boot. Bridges’ kick wobbled over the crossbar and Forestview grabbed the slim 7-6 advantage. The Cavs, though, with all three time outs and two minutes remaining looked to win its first game of the season. East started play at its own 23 following the kickoff. East QB Maddox Stamey threw incomplete on his first three attempts, and a five-yard infraction on the Jags Please see Cavs, Page 3B
8 p.m. (WBTV) (WYCW) NFL Preseason Football Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans. 8 p.m. (WSPA) NFL Preseason Football Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers. 9 p.m. (ESPN2) Boxing Friday Night Fights. David Lemieux (23-0, 22 KOs) vs. Marco Antonio Rubio (47-5-1, 40 KOs), middleweights, 12 rounds.
Andrews rolls by Gryphons By JACOB CONLEY Sports Reporter
1 p.m. (ESPN2) WNBA Basketball Conference Semifinal, Game 2: Teams TBA. 3 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) PGA Tour Golf The Barclays, Third Round. 3 p.m. (ESPN2) WNBA Basketball Conference Semifinal, Game 2: Teams TBA. 4 p.m. (WYFF) Golf U.S. Amateur, Day 4. 4 p.m. (WSOC) (WLOS) Little League Baseball World Series, U.S. Championship: Teams TBA. 4 p.m. (WHNS) MLB Baseball Regional Coverage. Marlins at Braves or Twins at Mariners or Phillies at Padres. 5 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Nationwide Series: NAPA Auto Parts 200, Qualifying. 7 p.m. (ESPN) High School Football Madison vs. Steele. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) ATP Tennis U.S. Open Series: Pilot Pen, Final. 7 p.m. (FSCR) MLB Baseball Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds. 7 p.m. (WGN-A) MLB Baseball New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox.
FLAT ROCK —The rematch between East Henderson and R-S Central football teams Friday night went in East’s favor, 30-17, primarily because of the Hilltoppers’ five turnovers. Quarterback Jacob Kinlaw threw one interception and the offense tallied four fumbles to make the game one of opportunities for East Henderson, particularly through its main weapon in Shaq Davis. Davis the leading rusher for the Eagles, with more than 110 yards and was responsible for all four of East’s touchdowns. “He’s special,” said Chappell with a smile on his face. “He creates some havoc for defenses. The biggest difference in Shack than last week is that he was a punishment to the other team. He ran with a different kind of passion tonight.” The Eagles couldn’t quite stop the Hilltoppers on defense in the first half, as R-S Central ran an option offense all night. But with some adjustments and a good talking-to by Chappell, the Eagles made sure big plays didn’t happen in the second half. “We limited the big plays in the second half, after giving up that one big play they had in the first,” Chappell said.
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Chase’s Devon Hines (40) breaks past the Chesnee defense as he moves the ball up field during the Friday game at Chase High School.
Chesnee beats Chase By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter
CHASE — Chesnee’s Walt Miller threw three touchdown passes, his final one coming with just over five minutes to go handing Chase a 19-13 loss Friday at home. The last Miller pass went for 44-yards to Kyle Wilkinson for the game-winner on that capped a five play, 80-yard drive. To make things more grim for Chase, Tyreece Gossett’s 26-yard apparent game-tying touchdown pass was called back after Gossett crossed beyond the line of scrimmage. In the first half, it was the other wide receiver, DaJohn Rowland for Chesnee, who impressed.
After Chase failed to convert on a fourth down-and-one at the Chesnee 25, Chesnee took over there. On the Eagles second offensive play of the game, Rowland came across the middle and received a pass from Miller at midfield, before finding the far sideline and hitting the gas pedal for a 64-yard touchdown. Miller added the point after and at 9:16 mark for Chesnee to grab an early 7-0 lead. Chesnee went back to work three possessions later as Rowland caught a 31-yard pass over the middle and Miller chewed up 20-yards more to set up a third consecutive first down at the Chase 24. Please see Trojans, Page 3B
ANDREWS — Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy set a school record for points scored in a game Friday night, but it was not enough to get them a win as the Gryphons fell 48-30 to Andrews. Andrews, led by running back Jordan Collins, who scored five touchdowns and receiver Jeremiah Jenkins who tallied twice on long passes, got out of the gate early and never looked back as they led by 34-14 at the half and by 48-14 after three quarters. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead when quarterback Ian Curtis connected with receiver Jeremiah Jenkins on a 55-yard scoring pass early in the opening period. Zach Pyle’s point after kick made it 7-0. The lead went to 14-0 a short time later when the Wildcats marched 87 yards for another score. Jordan Collins got the first of his four first half touchdowns with a 7-yard scoring jaunt. Pyle added the point after. Collins got touchdown number two on the first play of the second quarter, driving into the end zone from the three-yard line. The extra point kick was blocked, but Andrews had a 20-0 lead. Collins scored twice more, once on a 15-yard run and again on a 28-yard run. Pyle added both point after kicks to give the Wildcats a 34-0 lead. Thomas Jefferson got on the board late in the first half, scoring twice in a three minute span to cut the deficit to 34-14 at the half. Chris Thompson got the Gryphons on the board with a 44-yard score on a screen pass from Will Beam. The Gryphon defense held Please see TJCA, Page 3B
2B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Saturday, August 28, 2010
Scoreboard BASEBALL National League East Division W L Pct 73 55 .575 70 57 .551 65 62 .508 64 64 .500 54 74 .422 Central Division W L Pct Cincinnati 74 54 .575 St. Louis 68 57 .544 Milwaukee 59 68 .465 Houston 58 70 .457 Chicago 54 75 .422 Pittsburgh 43 84 .339 West Division W L Pct San Diego 76 50 .603 San Francisco 71 57 .555 Colorado 66 60 .524 Los Angeles 66 62 .516 Arizona 50 78 .391
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Tiger Woods holds a up a ball as he waves to the gallery on the 18th hole during the second round of The Barclays golf tournament Friday, in Paramus N.J.
Woods struggles in second round
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Jason Day can’t get a straight answer from doctors on the mysterious health issues sapping away at his energy. He at least knows exactly where he stands after two rounds of The Barclays. A tournament that once looked as though it might belong to Tiger Woods shifted late Friday to the hands of the 22-year-old Australian, who showed some of his great promise with three late birdies for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead. Nine players had at least a share of the lead at some point during the second round until Day’s late surge. He was at 8-under 134, one shot clear of Kevin Streelman (63) and Vaughn Taylor (70) going into the weekend of the FedEx Cup’s first playoff event. “I just tried to stay as patient as possible, and it just kind of fell in my lap, which was really good,” he said. Woods didn’t so much lose his patience as much as his putting stroke. Part of that was playing in the afternoon on greens that became bumpy under foot traffic and a day of blazing sun, as Woods expected. He wasn’t planning on missing a 20-inch par putt on the fifth hole, or failing to make a single birdie on the easier front nine. “I didn’t hit it bad at all,” Woods said. “I hit it really good. As I said, I didn’t putt really well. I hit it as good as I did yesterday. If I don’t make putts, I don’t score.” He wound up with a 73, eight shots worse than his opening round. The good news for the world’s No. 1 player — he will stay atop the world ranking for at least another week after Phil Mickelson missed the cut, and he’s still very much in contention. Most times this year, a bad day for Woods meant an early tee time on the weekend. He still was only four shots behind, and at least takes this with him into the weekend: He has missed only two fairways in two rounds, although he never hit driver one time in the second round.
Two years after narrowly missing a playoff at Ridgewood Country Club, Streelman ran off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch for a 63 that will put him in the final group Saturday. Clearly, this is no ordinary place for him. Streelman’s grandparents are buried in a cemetery beyond the seventh hole. His parents live in the area. These are his roots. “It’s like a special home for me, a special place,” he said.
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Thursday’s Games Houston 5, Philadelphia 1 L.A. Dodgers 7, Milwaukee 1 Arizona 11, San Diego 5 Washington 11, St. Louis 10, 13 innings Florida 11, N.Y. Mets 4 Friday’s Games Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 1 St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets 2, Houston 1 Florida 7, Atlanta, 1 Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, late L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, late Philadelphia at San Diego, late Arizona at San Francisco, late Saturday’s Games Philadelphia (Blanton 5-6) at San Diego (Garland 13-8), 4:10 p.m. St. Louis (Lohse 2-5) at Washington (L.Hernandez 8-9), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (R.Wells 5-12) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 14-7), 7:10 p.m. Florida (Nolasco 14-8) at Atlanta (T.Hudson 14-5), 7:10 p.m. Houston (Myers 9-7) at N.Y. Mets (J.Santana 10-8), 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Duke 6-12) at Milwaukee (Capuano 2-2), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Billingsley 10-7) at Colorado (J.Chacin 6-9), 8:10 p.m. Arizona (D.Hudson 3-1) at San Francisco (Zito 8-9), 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. Houston at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Florida at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. St. Louis at Washington, 1:35 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Philadelphia at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Florida, 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. St. Louis at Houston, 8:05 p.m. San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct 78 49 .614 78 50 .614 74 55 .570 66 61 .520 45 83 .352 Central Division W L Pct Minnesota 73 55 .570 Chicago 69 58 .543 Detroit 64 64 .500 Kansas City 54 73 .425 Cleveland 51 76 .402 West Division W L Pct Texas 72 55 .567 Oakland 63 63 .500 Los Angeles 63 65 .492 Seattle 50 77 .394 New York Tampa Bay Boston Toronto Baltimore
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Thursday’s Games Cleveland 3, Oakland 2 Detroit 7, Toronto 1 Minnesota 6, Texas 4 Chicago White Sox 8, Baltimore 0 Friday’s Games Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1 Oakland at Texas, late
Kansas City at Cleveland, late Detroit at Toronto, late N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, late Baltimore at L.A. Angels, late Minnesota at Seattle, late Saturday’s Games Detroit (Bonderman 7-9) at Toronto (Morrow 9-6), 1:07 p.m. Minnesota (Blackburn 7-8) at Seattle (Fister 4-9), 4:10 p.m. Kansas City (Greinke 8-11) at Cleveland (J.Gomez 3-2), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 17-5) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 12-8), 7:05 p.m. Boston (C.Buchholz 15-5) at Tampa Bay (Garza 13-7), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (Braden 8-9) at Texas (Harden 5-4), 8:05 p.m. Baltimore (Millwood 2-14) at L.A. Angels (Kazmir 8-11), 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Kansas City at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. Detroit at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 3:05 p.m. Baltimore at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m. Minnesota at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Oakland at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Texas at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
FOOTBALL National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East L T Pct PF PA 0 0 1.000 37 33 1 0 .667 90 70 1 0 .500 51 63 2 0 .333 36 50 South W L T Pct PF PA Tennessee 1 1 0 .500 42 30 Houston 0 2 0 .000 36 57 Jacksonville 0 2 0 .000 53 55 Indianapolis 0 3 0 .000 62 130 North W L T Pct PF PA Baltimore 2 0 0 1.000 40 15 Pittsburgh 2 0 0 1.000 47 24 Cincinnati 2 1 0 .667 62 49 Cleveland 1 1 0 .500 44 43 West W L T Pct PF PA Oakland 2 0 0 1.000 49 26 San Diego 1 1 0 .500 39 26 Denver 0 2 0 .000 44 58 Kansas City 0 2 0 .000 25 40 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 2 1 0 .667 41 38 Washington 2 1 0 .667 61 51 N.Y. Giants 1 1 0 .500 48 40 Philadelphia 1 1 0 .500 37 49 South W L T Pct PF PA Atlanta 2 1 0 .667 46 44 New Orleans 1 1 0 .500 62 47 Tampa Bay 1 1 0 .500 27 25 Carolina 0 2 0 .000 15 26 North W L T Pct PF PA Green Bay 2 1 0 .667 110 75 Minnesota 1 1 0 .500 38 22 Detroit 1 1 0 .500 32 43 Chicago 0 2 0 .000 27 57 West W L T Pct PF PA San Francisco 2 0 0 1.000 52 27 St. Louis 2 1 0 .667 62 80 Seattle 1 1 0 .500 44 45 Arizona 1 1 0 .500 29 40 W Miami 2 New England 2 Buffalo 1 N.Y. Jets 1
Thursday’s Games St. Louis 36, New England 35 Green Bay 59, Indianapolis 24 Friday’s Games Atlanta 16, Miami 6 Washington 16, N.Y. Jets 11 San Diego at New Orleans, late Philadelphia at Kansas City, late Saturday’s Games Cleveland at Detroit, 5 p.m. Cincinnati at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Carolina, 8 p.m. Seattle at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Arizona at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. San Francisco at Oakland, 9 p.m.
Sunday’s Games Pittsburgh at Denver, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 Buffalo at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. New England at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m. Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Tennessee, 8 p.m. Baltimore at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at Houston, 8 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 8 p.m. Green Bay at Kansas City, 8 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco, 10 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 10 p.m. Washington at Arizona, 10 p.m.
BASEBALL American League TAMPA BAY RAYS — Agreed to terms with OF Brad Hawpe on a minor league contract and assigned him to Charlotte (FSL). National League CINCINNATI REDS — Placed RHP Mike Leake on the 15-day DL. Called up UT Juan Francisco from Louisville (IL). Can-Am League BROCKTON ROX — Released RHP Jose Aquino. WORCESTER TORNADOES — Signed INF Lester Contreras and INF Christian Acosta. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Suspended Indiana G Brandon Rush five games for violating the terms of the NBA/ NBPA Anti-Drug Program, Miami G Kenny Hasbrouck two games for pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and Sacramento G Tyreke Evans one game for pleading no contest to reckless driving. DENVER NUGGETS — Named Masai Ujiri executive vice president of basketball operations. NEW YORK KNICKS — Signed F Patrick Ewing Jr. FOOTBALL United Football League FLORIDA TUSKERS — Terminated OL Jason Murphy from the active roster. Added WR Ryne Robinson to the active roster. HARTFORD COLONIALS — Terminated OT Kris Doura from the active roster. Added WR Patrick Carter and OT Adam Tadisch to the active roster. LAS VEGAS LOCOMOTIVES — Added WR Brian Hernandez to the active roster. OMAHA NIGHTHAWKS — Terminated WR Bryan Anderson from the active roster. SACRAMENTO MOUNTAIN LIONS — Added WR Rodrickus Windsor and WR Aaron Woods to the active roster. HOCKEY National Hockey League NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Announced G Dave Caruso, D Tyler Miller, D Chris Murray, F Matt Anderson, F Matt Lombardi, F Jeff Prough, F Myles Stoesz and F Darcy Zajac have signed contracts with Albany (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Named Mike Flanagan assistant coach of Norfolk (AHL). American Hockey League GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS — Signed coach Curt Fraser to a two-year conract. HARTFORD WOLF PACK — Signed F Maxime Gratchev. ECHL CHARLOTTE CHECKERS — Agreed to terms with LW Brad Herauf. LACROSSE National Lacrosse League TORONTO ROCK — Acquired D Kyle Ross from Calgary.
COLLEGE ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE — Named Gavin Morgan assistant hockey coach. DELAWARE — named Augiee Maurelli assistant director of athletics for strength and conditioning. LOUISIANA TECH — Suspended WR Tim Molton, WR R.P. Stuart, WR Cruz Williams and LB Kiamni Washington indefinitely from the football team for violating a team rule. MIDDLE TENNESSEE — Suspended QB Dwight Dasher for accepting a loan in violation of the NCAA’s amateurism rules. SOUTHERN NAZARENE — Announced men’s basketball G C.J. Henry is transferring from Kansas. SYRACUSE — Named Wally King women’s associate head softball coach. WAKE FOREST — Named Jeff Wyshner women’s tennis coach.
Clijsters on a roll entering Open NEW YORK (AP) — Make no mistake: Kim Clijsters considers herself a mother first, a tennis player second. Yes, the Belgian is the defending champion and seeded No. 2 at the U.S. Open, making her a popular pick to win the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, which begins Monday. And, yes, she considers herself obligated to help promote her sport by offering to do things such as throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a major league game, which was on her schedule for Friday night when the New York Mets hosted the Houston Astros. None of that, though, is as important to Clijsters as her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Jada. Who could forget the way the toddler pranced around on the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium after Mommy beat Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in last year’s U.S. Open final? There are moments when tennis simply must be set aside, when her family takes precedence over on-court preparation. “It’s about balancing; just listening to yourself. I have days when ... I want to spend time with Jada, and I don’t want to go to practice, and I want to make sure I’m there for her,” Clijsters said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“And luckily, I’m not the type of athlete who, if I don’t do it, I’m going to be panicking.” There are plenty of players, the 27-year-old Clijsters explained, who feel compelled to adhere strictly to whatever workout or practice routines are established for them by a coach or trainer. She, on the other hand, is OK with taking an afternoon off, if that’s what she thinks she needs to do. “I’m like, if I don’t do it today, it’s not like my game won’t be the same tomorrow,” Clijsters said, gesturing with her left arm, the one that bears a tattoo of Jada’s name on the wrist. “In that way, I’m probably more easygoing. I live in the moment and see how I feel.” With a racket in her hand, Clijsters is at her best on hard courts. All three of her tournament titles in 2010 came on that surface, including at a U.S. Open tuneup event at Cincinnati this month. “I’ve always felt more comfortable on this surface, not just this year, but even when I was 14, 15, 16, when I started playing my first few summer series in America,” Clijsters said. “I don’t know what it is, but I feel like I can move better, and I can see the ball better. Everything comes easier.” She owns a 14-match winning streak at the U.S. Open, tak-
ing the title the last two times she entered, in 2005 and 2009. Clijsters missed the tournament in 2006 because of a wrist injury, then was away from the tour for about 2 1/2 years while she got married and had a baby. In one breath, Clijsters says she doesn’t think about numbers like that 14-0 record. Yet in the next, she says she knows that if she plays well, she “can beat anybody out there.” Clijsters was treated for a cramp near her left hip during her most recent match, a three-set loss to Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals at Montreal a week ago. But Clijsters says she’s healthy, thanks in part to acupuncture. If she truly is able to move at her best, Clijsters will be expected to go far the next two weeks, especially against a field missing three-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams and two-time winner Justine Henin, both sidelined by injuries. Given that Clijsters already stepped away from the game once, it’s not clear — even to her — how much longer she might be trying to defend titles. She said she hopes to play until the 2012 London Olympics, where the tennis competition will be held at the All England Club, the site of Wimbledon.
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sports Prep Scores Andrews 48, TJCA 30 Albemarle 42, West Stanly 14 Middle Creek 14, Southern Durham 9 Cape Fear 17, Fayetteville Westover 8 Carrboro 30, Orange County 0 Cary 34, Northern Nash 6 Chesnee (SC) 19, Chase 13 Myers Park 39, CharOlympic 6 Bunker Hill 14, North Lincoln 7 Croatan 27, Lejeune 7 East Henderson 30, R-S Central 14 East Forsyth 10, Pfafftown Reagan 0 Eastern Alamance 20, Graham 9 Fay Byrd 27, Fay Sanford 7 Fay Seventy-First 30, Wilm Hoggard 0 Franklinton 7, Northern Vance 6 Forestview 7, East Rutherford 6 Fuquay-Varina 28, Clayton 7 Harnett Central 51, Erwin Triton 14 Harrells Christian 72, Village 6 Hertford County 25, Bertie County 12 Cedar Ridge 27, Chapel Hill 6 Hobbton 49, Spring Creek 6 South View 15, Gray’s Creek 7 Hough High School 25, Rocky River 6 Lakewood 33, North Duplin 6 Lenoir Hibriten 29, Wilkes Central 0 Lumberton 41, Spring Lake Overhills 7 Mallard Creek 61, Charlotte Harding 0 Manteo 48, Cape Hatteras 0 Ral Athens Drive 19, Raleigh Enloe 6 Ral Broughton 21, Garner 20 Cardinal Gibbons 40, E. Chapel Hill 28 Ral Leesville Road 38, Green Hope 8 Raleigh Millbrook 31, Knightdale 0 Raleigh Ravenscroft 36, Louisburg 18 Raleigh Wakefield 42, Holly Springs 28 Socastee, S.C. 29, West Brunswick 28 SE Raleigh 35, Ral Sanderson 0 Wake Forest-Rolesville 38, East Wake 9 Warsaw Kenan 26, Jones County 8 West Davidson 16, South Davidson 8 Whiteville 23, West Columbus 7 Wilm Laney 44, Fay Pine Forest 14 W-S Carver 29, North Forsyth 3
East’s Zachariah Price (11) takes foot after making a field catch during the game against Forestview Friday at East Rughterford High. Garrett Byers/ Daily Courier
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left the Cavs staring at a 4th and 5. Stamey, with the game on the line, found Wilkins open over the middle for a 13-yard gain and a new set of downs at the East 41. Two plays later, on a 3rd and four, Stamey again found Wilkins open for a 14-yard gain that pushed the football to the Forestview 39.
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On the next play, Rowland dashed on the go route and corralled the ball in stride for a 24-yard touchdown. Miller missed the extra point as Chesnee held a 13-0 lead with 10:50 to go in the first half.
The Trojans finally got things going late in the half, striking in a fourplay, 59 yard drive. A 38-yard pass to Blake Martin from Gossett allowed the Trojans to find first and goal at the Eagles
The Cavs’ Justin Barksdale gained 10 on a draw play and East pushed to the Forestview 24, where the Cavs stared at another 4th and 5. Stamey’s final toss, with 16 seconds on the clock, was batted down at the line of scrimmage and the Jags celebrated their first win of the season. Forestview gained just 173 yards against a stingy Cavs defense that had held the Jags to 51-yards in the first half. Forestview’s four first half
8-yard line. Two plays later on a late pitch from Gossett to Thomas Camp, the wingback delivered around end from 12-yards out. Blake Moffitt booted the extra point to cut the lead to six at 13-7 by halftime. Chase held tough defensively in the third quarter and finally tied it up with less than four minutes to go in the period. Chase took nearly four minutes on seven plays to score as a roughing the kicker penalty moved the chains on fourth down. Gossett crossed the goal line on a keeper from 1-yard out, following Gossett’s 42-yard pass
possessions ended with two punts, a pick and a turnover on downs. East Rutherford pushed for 267 total yards with Wilkins gaining 168 yards on 24 touches. East, though, was equally ineffective in the first half as the Cavs punted twice, suffered a blocked punt and a 29-yard blocked field goal attempt. The Cavaliers (1-1) will travel to McDowell next Friday to face the Titans.
to Tyler Gaffney, putting the Trojans just outside the end zone on the play before. Chase lagged behind after Miller’s last touchdown pass of the night with 5:15 to go and tried to score, but Gossett’s five-yard pass to Carlos Watkins failed to gain the 18 needed on fourth down with under a minute left. The Trojans had marched all the way to the Eagles 22-yard line, but Gossett was hit with a 13-yard sack on second down. Chase (0-2) will stay at home next Friday night as they play Bessemer City.
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Andrews for a three-and-out series and got the ball back inside Wildcats territory at the 40-yard line. The Gryphons quickly moved upfield before Beam hit Thompson again, this time for a 7-yard score. Throughout the first half, the Gryphons had moved the football at times, but they struggled with third down conversions. In the third period, Andrew boosted its lead when Jenkins hauled in another pass from Curtis, this one covering 45 yards. Pyle’s point after made it 41-14. Collins got his fifth touchdown of the night on an 81-yard run and a Pyle kick made it 48-14. In the final period, Thomas Jefferson scored two touchdowns and a field goal. David Snyder, who also had four extra point kicks, kicked a 35-yard field goal to make it 48-17. Anthony Helton scored on a 6-yard run and Will McCraw plunged in from a yard out.
Spurrier keeps competitive edge despite setbacks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When Steve Spurrier took over South Carolina football after 2004, he spoke excitedly of winning Southeastern Conference championships. Spurrier is still chasing the title-winning legacy he established at Florida. After five seasons at South Carolina, the drought has led to questions of just how long the 65-year-old coach who cherishes winning can bear SEC mediocrity. But his son, Steve Jr., warns not to mistake the sideline grimaces, thrown game notes and disgusted comments for surrender. “The day he’s not frustrated is the day he’s lost some of his competitive edge,” said Spurrier Jr., South Carolina’s receivers coach. Steve Spurrier has already achieved several milestones at South Carolina. He has led the Gamecocks to an unprecedented four bowl trips his first five seasons. His 35 victories are sixth all-time among South Carolina coaches — and he could rise to third by season’s end with eight wins. But school records aren’t why Spurrier came back to college. “We need to win big at South Carolina,” Spurrier said. So far, that hasn’t happened quickly enough to suit Spurrier. He considered packing it in after South Carolina was blasted by Iowa 31-10 at the Outback Bowl two seasons ago. “Who wouldn’t
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have?” he joked. He was just as ticked off this past January when the Gamecocks again fell flat in the Papajohns. com Bowl with a 20-7 loss to Connecticut. “Don’t tell us to forget because we’re not going to forget it. We’re going to try our best to not ever have a performance like that again,” he said. Spurrier seems to have channeled his anger into preseason preparations. At practice, quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus felt Spurrier had a “youthful enthusiasm that’s really neat to be around.” “He knows,” Mangus continued, “that some of the pieces are getting in place.” Spurrier attracted top talent recently that hadn’t always looked South Carolina’s way. Two years ago, the Gamecocks landed the Palmetto State’s “Mr. Football” in Stephon Gilmore, who passed up Alabama, Florida and Tennessee to sign with Spurrier. This February, South Carolina beat Auburn and others for the country’s top running back prospect in Marcus Lattimore. “That’s what it’s about, getting the players,” says ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer, a former Florida quarterback for Spurrier. The Gators had a wealth of talent through Spurrier’s years, something that helped them to six SEC titles and a national championship. Palmer played alongside Doug Johnson, Rex Grossman and Brock Berlin at Florida. “That’s four NFL quarterbacks,” he said. “That’s some-
thing they haven’t had at South Carolina.” Palmer’s also convinced Spurrier is every bit the offensive mastermind who turned the game on its ear during the 1990s. He says where Spurrier excels, though, is during games. “That’s what he’s best at and that hasn’t gone away,” Palmer said. Still, Spurrier’s so-so mark at South Carolina has drawn smirks of delight from fans of the teams he used to needle during his Florida days. “That’s just part of society,” said ESPN’s Andre Ware, like Spurrier a Heisman Trophy winner. “But being dominant is not an easy chore.” Spurrier’s quick success at South Carolina in 2005 — the Gamecocks beat Tennessee and Florida in the same season for the first time ever — led some to believe a league title was close at hand. Spurrier knew differently. Now, though, Spurrier’s eager to see some results after five years of work. He has brought as much energy as ever into taking that next step, his son says. Not that the Gamecocks don’t have concerns as the opener with Southern Miss approaches on Sept. 2. South Carolina hopes Lattimore can become a focal point for a running attack that was dead last in the SEC the past three seasons. Spurrier has yet to settle publicly on a quarterback between last year’s starter Stephen Garcia and freshman Connor Shaw. Plus, there’s the ongoing saga of suspended tight end Weslye Saunders.
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11.48 26.48 25.83 46.78 57.02 31.56 15.40 98.34 97.71 24.30 89.88 36.16 30.45 23.92 11.48 2.05 24.35 31.33 26.49 16.21 28.47 98.36 11.48 12.38 25.80 13.66 67.93 97.72 20.37 28.92 33.88 10.43 2.83 15.81 14.07
+8.0/A +0.1/B +0.5/B +3.3/C +3.0/A +3.8/A +2.9/A -0.4/C -0.3/C +0.1/B -2.7/D +5.0/A +3.3/A -0.2/B +7.8/A +3.8/B +4.1/A +2.2/A +0.2/B +2.1/B +4.2/A -0.4/C +7.5/A +3.6/E +0.9/C +3.1/B +3.7/A -0.3/C 0.0/B +1.6/A -0.1/B +4.9/B -2.5/D +1.6/C -1.0/D
NL 1,000,000 NL 3,000 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 2,500 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 3,000 NL 5,000,000 5.75 250 NL 2,500 5.75 250 NL 2,500 5.75 250 NL 1,000,000 4.25 1,000 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 100,000 5.75 250 NL 10,000 NL 100,000 3.75 1,000 3.75 250 NL 2,500 NL 3,000 NL 2,500 NL200,000,000 NL 2,500 5.50 2,000 5.75 1,000 1.50 1,000 4.25 2,500 5.75 1,000 4.75 0
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Markets gain with word Fed prepared to act
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted big gains after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank was ready to step in if the U.S. economy showed further signs of weakening. Traders were also encouraged by a downward revision in second-quarter economic growth Friday that wasn’t as bad as economists had expected. The Dow Jones industrial average and other indexes all gained more than 1 percent. Bernanke said in a speech at the Fed’s annual conference that while the economic recovery remains tentative, the central bank remains ready to take extra steps to stimulate the economy if necessary, such as buying more debt securities in order to keep interest rates low. He said he still expects the economy to grow next year. “It could have been worse, and because it wasn’t, that was good news,” said Alan Gayle at RidgeWorth Investments, based in Richmond, Va. “Clearly the bar is being lowered for what constitutes good news these days.” The upturn was a respite from a mainly dismal month on the stock market, which has been falling steadily since its recent high reached on Aug. 9 on a series of poor indicators on the economy. A deep slump in home sales last month was the latest sign that the economy was weakening. The market stumbled briefly in midmorning after Intel Corp. lowered its revenue estimate. There, too, the news wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Intel’s shares edged higher after resuming trading since the company’s new forecast wasn’t as bad as the worst estimates circulating among analysts. In economic news, the Commerce Department reported that gross domestic product grew at a 1.6 percent rate in the April-to-June period. That’s still way down from its earlier estimate of 2.4 percent but not as bad as the 1.4 percent expected by economists. “These are terrible numbers,” Kim Caughey, equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh, said. “But they weren’t frighteningly horrible.” Yields on Treasurys, which help set interest rates on loans like mortgages, rose sharply as their prices fell. That could put upward pressure on mortgage rates, which are still at historic lows. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 164.84, or 1.7 percent, to close at 10,150.65. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 17.37, or 1.7 percent, to 1,064.59 and the Nasdaq composite index rose 34.94, or 1.6 percent, to 2,153.63. The Dow’s gains Friday wiped out much of its losses for the week, but all major indexes still ended the week with losses. The Dow was down 0.6 percent for the week, the S&P 500 was down 0.7 percent, and the Nasdaq lost 1.2 percent.
Lauren McFall, left, and Dan Edgar, both of Jersey City, N.J., wait on line at a career fair in Newark, N.J. The economy is likely to keep expanding, but at a snail’s pace and without creating many more jobs. Associated Press
Economic growth still anemic WASHINGTON (AP) — As weak as it was, the economy turns out to have been even worse — closer than the government first through to stalling out completely or even falling back into recession. New figures issued Friday paint a darker picture of the economy’s performance this spring, growing at a meager 1.6 percent annual pace. The initial estimate was 2.4 percent, and even that was anemic. Analysts say the summer should be disappointing, too. Shortly after the government’s revision, Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke said the Fed was ready to take additional steps to prevent a second recession, if the economy deteriorates further. But he stopped short of promising any action. The Fed “will do all that it can to ensure continuation of the economic recovery,” he said. Several economists said they expected the economy to keep growing slowly for the rest of the year. That would almost certainly not be enough to bring down the jobless rate, already at 9.5 percent, and unemployment could actually increase. In the first quarter of the year, the economy grew much faster, at a 3.7 percent pace. Since then, though, the housing market has slumped after the expiration of a
homebuyer tax credit, and business spending and manufacturing activity are both cooling off. Bernanke, speaking to a Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., acknowledged the economy has slowed more than policymakers had anticipated and said it is “vulnerable to unexpected developments.” He did say he expects growth will pick up next year. The central bank chairman also sought to reassure the financial markets that he has the tools needed to bolster the economy and will use them if business activity slows further. Bernanke outlined several options, including having the Fed buy more securities, most likely government debt or mortgage investments, as a way to drive down interest rates on all sorts of debt and spur more spending that might get the economy going. Bernanke made clear “he is willing to act to ensure that the recovery remains on the right path,” said Zach Pandl, an economist at Nomura Securities. Wall Street looked past a disappointing statement from computer chip maker Intel, which said it was cutting its sales forecast for the quarter after sensing weaker demand from customers in the U.S. and Europe. A little more than a month ago, Intel
reported its biggest quarterly profit in a decade. How much the government could help at this point is an open question. The Fed has already lowered its key shortterm interest rate to nearly zero, but that has yet to rejuvenate the economy. The benefits of federal stimulus programs are fading, and Congress has declined to pass any major new aid. Bernanke said the prospect of high unemployment for a long period is a central concern for the Fed. He also made clear that he is determined to prevent the United States from slipping into a deflationary spiral — a prolonged drop in wages and prices. The Fed chief said the foundation is being laid for stronger growth in 2011: Households are saving more and healthier banks are more willing to lend. That should boost consumer spending, which makes up 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. Corporate profits and personal incomes also rose in the second quarter, noted Rebecca Blank, undersecretary for economic affairs at the Commerce Department. “There is some good news here,” she said. “Those are the things that will fuel a longerterm recovery.”
Bernanke’s speech shows effort to find consensus JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Ben Bernanke is struggling to build consensus among Federal Reserve officials about what steps are needed — if any — to give the economy a boost. It showed in a speech the Fed chairman delivered Friday that carried a mixed message: He sees the economy improving next year, but he stands ready to take bold action if it falters. Bernanke acknowledged the economy is fragile, especially after the government
just reported the weakest quarterly growth in a year. And he said high unemployment poses a serious threat. Still, Bernanke remained optimistic enough to repeat the Fed’s forecast for some pickup in growth in 2011 and beyond. The Fed chairman’s colleagues have more latitude to speak their minds bluntly, and many have done so recently. Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, says keeping
interest rates at record lows is a “dangerous gamble” that could unleash inflation or new speculative bubbles in the prices of financial assets. Fed governor Kevin Warsh has expressed concern that further stimulative efforts could alarm investors. Fed Governor Elizabeth Duke also is skeptical about more aid. Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, has cautioned against taking further stimulative action while the
economy is still growing. But other Fed members are more concerned about high unemployment and more likely to embrace further stimulus aid. All that helps explain why Bernanke stopped short Friday of pledging to take any specific new steps now to invigorate the economy, which some economists fear could tip into another recession. But in speaking to an annual economic conference, Bernanke said the Fed was
prepared to make a major new investment in government debt or mortgage securities if the economy worsened significantly or if the Fed detected deflation — a prolonged drop in prices of wages, goods and assets like homes and stocks. “Bernanke is sending the signal that even though his Fed colleagues aren’t fully on board and haven’t agreed on what to do next, he will do all he can to avoid a ’doubledip’ recession,” said Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial.
The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Saturday, August 28, 2010 — 5B SHOE by Chris Cassat and Gary Brookins
THE GRIZZWELLS by Bill Schoor
BROOM-HILDA by Russell Myers
DILBERT by Scott Adams
GIL THORP by Jerry Jenkins, Ray Burns and Frank McLaughlin
THE BORN LOSER by Art and Chip Sansom
ARLO AND JANIS by Jimmy Johnson
FRANK AND ERNEST by Bob Thaves
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Teen gets silent treatment from step-mom Dear Abby: I am a 14-year-old girl living with my grandmother. My mom died when I was 7 and my father is now remarried. He and my stepmom have two children together. My problem is my stepmother and I don’t get along. I try to be friendly, but she hardly speaks to me or my grandmother. I understand that some people are quiet by nature and I am one of them, but my grandmother and I agree that her behavior is rude — especially because we have done nothing to provoke it. What can we do to improve the situation? — Silent Teen Dear Silent Teen: If your grandmother has already spoken to your dad, there is nothing you can do to improve the situation. The ball is in your father’s court. The problem isn’t you or anything you have or haven’t done. Your father married a woman who appears to be possessive, insecure and unable to empathize with anyone she can’t control. You are a reminder that your father had a wife and a life before she came into it, and she views that as a threat. Your father could straighten her out — but it appears she holds the power in their relationship. It’s time you spoke to him about your feelings directly.
Dear Abby Abigail van Buren
Dear Abby: My daughter, “Cassie,” who is 23, moved out to live with her fiance. My house is now truly empty. I have two sons who have been on their own for a while. Cassie was the last to fly the coop. I am so sad. I can’t bear to even go into her room. It is so quiet. Now that Cassie’s gone, she won’t answer calls or messages — nothing. I saw her at her place of work the other day and she barely acknowledged me. She claims she is “happy now” and really doesn’t miss me. How do parents handle these situations? I know Cassie is insensitive, but talking it out with her won’t help. She is who she is. — Hurting Dear Hurting: The way your daughter is treating you is beyond insensitive — it’s cruel. Instead of being afraid to go into her room you should paint it, redecorate it and rent it. Get out, volunteer, take dancing lessons, join whatever social groups there are in a 50-mile radius. The less time you spend at home the less time you will have to grieve.
Dear Dr. Gott: A neurosurgeon told me that I have a genetic familial tremor. He prescribed Mysoline, 50 milligrams four times a day. Well, either I have become immune to it or it just doesn’t work. Dear Reader: Familial refers to a hereditary disease or disorder seen in some families and not in others — thus, your genetic tremor. It is a disorder of the nervous system that causes involuntary tremor or shaking, primarily seen in the hands, head and eyelids but never the feet or legs. Other signs and symptoms are generally not observed when a person is asleep. Essential tremor is commonly observed in the elderly. It is not dangerous; however, it can affect a person’s ability to pick up a cup of coffee, eat with a fork, apply makeup, shave and a host of other dayto-day activities we so commonly take for granted. Symptoms can be worsened by such things as temperature extremes, caffeine, emotional stress and fatigue. Mysoline (primidone) is an anticonvulsant prescribed to control specific types of
Ask Dr. Gott Dr. Peter M. Gott seizures. It works by reducing abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The medication may help control your tremor, but it will not cure it. I don’t know the reason your physician prescribed the Mysoline, but you might speak with him or her about a trial switch to propranolol, a beta blocker used to treat tremor, hypertension, rhythm disorders of the heart and migraine headaches. As with all drugs, this medication carries the potential for side effects, including edema of the feet and ankles, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, shortness of breath and cardiac arrhythmias. It should not be taken by anyone who has been diagnosed with a second- or third-degree heart block.
IN THE STARS Your Birthday, Aug. 28; Two hobbies or interests of yours could turn out to generate some extra income. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Putting strings on what you do for another would cause the person to regret ever asking. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - You and your partner must look out for one another’s interests. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Don’t make quid pro quo all-important with your friends. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Wait until all the votes are counted. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Don’t let your emotions dominate your thinking. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -Be your normal, open-minded self. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Your spending habits are likely to be determined by the company you keep. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Let your counterpart come to you first. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Expect volunteers to walk off the job if they see they are doing all the work. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Let others put the lampshades on their heads. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - In trying to be protective of your loved ones, you could easily become unduly possessive of them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Taking what another says out of context and reporting it as fact to everyone else could create an abrasive situation that would anger all parties involved.
6B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Saturday, August 28, 2010
F Jack Russell Terrier puppy Missing from Union Mills Fire Dept. area. White w/brown spot over right eye. 429-5340 Male gray tabby cat Lost 8/19 from Bethany Church area. Neutered. Call 245-6249 Scruffy Dog Male, 6 yrs. old, 20 lbs., black, white & brown. Last seen 8/20 Hudlow and Lee Road. 288-7430
ARAGE /ESTATE SALES
0151 Garage/Estate Sales 2 FAMILY FC: 440 Flack Rd. (old entrance to Crowe's Park, end of road) Fri. & Sat. 7A-until Rain/shine! 2 FAMILY Spindale: 334 Missouri St. Sat. 7A-until Women's clothing, lots of household items, furniture and much more! 3 FAMILY YARD SALE Rfdtn: 275 Monfredo St. Sat. 7:30A-til Too much to list! 4 FAMILY YARD SALE FC: 162 Toms Lake Road Fri. & Sat. 7A-until Furniture, glassware, tools, books, many other things BIG 2 FAMILY YARD SALE Gilkey 1949 Hwy 221N Fri. & Sat. 7A-? First time sellers! Big 3 family yard sale: FC, 546 Toms Lake Rd., turn at SDO fire dept. 221S, Sat. 7A-until Ellenboro: 163 Dobbins Rd. Sat. 7A-til Riding lawnmower, trailer, tools, name brand junior clothes, pictures, DVD's, bedspreads, rockers, household, Christmas FC: Kids Town Day Care, Oakland Rd., Sat. 7A-until. Household, women's plus size, men's, children's clothes 6-9 mo to 4T, toys
0151 Garage/Estate Sales HUGE 3 FAMILY/ESTATE 1303 Old Henrietta Rd. Sat. 7A Guns, furniture, glassware, TJCA uniforms, gas fireplace mantel, Christmas decorations, more! Large: Ellenboro, 1961 Hwy 74 Bus., Sat. 7A-until. Home Interior, Vera Bradley, racing collectibles, household items, clothes, cologne MULTI FAMILY Rfdtn: 130 Owensby Rd. (64/74, off Darlington Rd.) Fri. & Sat. 8A-until A large variety! Rain or shine! Multi family yard sale: Ruth, 249 US 64 Hwy., Fri., 4-7P, Sat., 7A-until. Clothes, home furnishing, toys and lots more Multi-family: FC, 295 Holly Hills Dr., Sat. 7A-until. Antique hutch, loveseat and chair, 10-speed bikes, household, clothes and much more Multi-family: Rfdtn., 384 Weeks Rd. off Cleghorn Mill. Sat. 7A-until. Old bottles, pictures, beanies, name brand clothes: girls 10-14, youth 0-3, boys 5-10, furn., Chevy Colorado 05 truck seats, pocketbooks, toys, movies, men/women clothes, exercise equip., charcoal grill, aquarium and more. Rain or Shine Repeat Yard Sale Union Mills: 261 Nanneytown Rd. (off 221) Sat. 7A-til Tons more stuff! Rain or shine! Rfdtn: 500 Cleghorn Mill Rd., behind Shiloh Baptist Church Sat. 8:30A-until. Will sell items for one price or per item. Also have RCA 56" TV, cost $1,200 will sell for $500. Dealers welcomed. 248-3227 YARD SALE FC: 558 Old Wagy Rd. Fri. & Sat. 7A-until Girls clothes 10-12, toys, household and miscellaneous items YARD SALE Hwy 221 next to Fiddlesticks Fri. 5P-until & Sat. 7A-11A Tools and lots of goodies!
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The Town of Forest City is accepting applications for a Code Enforcement and Zoning Officer. Applications will be accepted at City Hall, 128 North Powell Street beginning Wednesday, August 25, 2010 through 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Applicant must have a high school diploma, supplemented with advanced training or experience in the building trades and considerable experience in the construction, building, or skilled trades; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Able to obtain required trade certification and a valid NC driver's license. Successful applicant must pass drug test and criminal background check prior to employment. For further information contact Jimmy Clay at 247-4426. The Town of Forest City is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.
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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Having qualified as Executor of the estate of LYDIA M. CALHOUN of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said LYDIA M. CALHOUN to present them to the undersigned on or before the 28th day of November, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 28th day of August, 2010.
Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of JAMES ORIC MORRIS of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said JAMES ORIC MORRIS to present them to the undersigned on or before the 28th day of November, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 28th day of August, 2010.
Stevie Hedden, Jr., Executor 359 Old Wagy Road Forest City, NC 28043
Fanny Mae Blanton Morris, Administrator 203 Odessa Park Road Ellenboro, NC 28040
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UNC hit hard by probe By STEVE WISEMAN Special to the Courier
Carolina Panthers’ Jimmy Clausen, bottom, loses the ball as he is sacked by New York Jets’ Jamaal Westerman (55) and Mike Devito (70) in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ 9-3 win in a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, Saturday.
Panthers struggling with preseason blitzes
CHARLOTTE (AP) — Carolina Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross remembers facing base defenses almost exclusively in preseason games early in his eight-year NFL career. Slowly, as defenses have become more complex and blitz-happy, that’s changed. And it hasn’t worked out so well for several teams, including Carolina. Facing constant pressure from all angles, the Panthers have yet to score an offensive touchdown and have allowed 11 sacks entering Saturday’s third preseason game against Tennessee at Bank of America Stadium. “It seems like more of the defense is installed for the teams when we’re playing them,” Gross said Friday. “It’s almost like a real game as far as the packages that are getting thrown at us. It’s definitely tough.” The reason is the Panthers, like most NFL teams, do little to no game planning in the preseason because they’re still putting in their own plays. While coach John Fox has remained old school — not wanting to show much on defense in fear it
will tip off regular-season opponents — the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens peppered Carolina with exotic defensive packages. The result is an offense, led by new starting quarterback Matt Moore, desperately seeking confidence and success Saturday night when the starters will play into the third quarter. The Panthers, often struggling to figure out who is responsible for which pass rusher, have managed three field goals in 28 preseason possessions. They’ve lost seven straight exhibition games dating to the 2008 season. “I think it’s easy to say when it doesn’t go well that it’s just the preseason,” Gross said. “But the bottom line is we want to be more productive.” While Fox has been upset with the pass protection, he’s mostly declared Moore and Clausen blameless. And while the more aggressive defensive packages hasn’t changed his decision to limit game planning, he’s hopeful the barrage of looks the Panthers have already faced will help when the games start counting on Sept. 12.
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina football coach Butch Davis faced a stark and stunning reality Thursday night at Kenan Stadium. Someone close to Davis’ family, a person he had grown to trust, may have done things that, if true, could ruin the most promising football season since Davis took over the Tar Heels program for the 2007 campaign. With the Tar Heels ranked No. 18 in the country, UNC is investigating an academic tutor who once assisted Davis’ teenage son, Drew, with his school work. School officials have reason to believe may have committed academic infractions while working with Tar Heels football players. While neither Davis nor Athletic Director Dick Baddour would say how many players are involved, the uncertainty puts UNC in a tougher spot that it already was this preseason. Davis and his staff already were dealing with an NCAA investigation into whether some players had illegal contact with professional sports agents or accepted improper benefits. That investigation centers on starters Marvin Austin and Greg Little. While looking into that situation, the possible academic problems surfaced. Throughout preseason workouts, the Tar Heels held out hope that the swirling eligibility issues would clear up before the season opener. Thursday night’s news conference, nine days from UNC’s game with Louisiana State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, all but dashed those hopes. “As much as we’d like to finalize both the reviews of possible agent violations and academic issues before the first game, there is no definitive timetable,” Baddour said. “It is likely the review will extend beyond the start of the season.” UNC officials said they couldn’t say how many players are involved because the investigation is ongoing. “We are really early in this process,” Baddour said. “We need time to do our due diligence and to do it carefully.” Davis said that, on Monday, the team began preparing for the LSU game with the players they believed would be eligible. “It’s a difficult situation for Coach [Davis] and the players to prepare,” Baddour said. “We are proceeding with this as fast as we know how. Coach has got to make some assumptions about how he prepares
North Carolina head football coach Butch Davis listens during a news conference with UNC chancellor Holden Thorp and athletics director Dick Baddour where they talked about an investigation into their NCAA college football program on Thursday, at the Kenan Field House in Chapel Hill.
for the game.” In UNC’s football media guide, Davis’ biography begins with a phrase that reads: “Davis has a clear vision for building a championship program in Chapel Hill based on integrity, character and honor.” Davis reiterated that point Thursday night, saying “Nothing is more important than integrity.” Davis said the female tutor in question was one of five hired by his family to help his son, Drew, who now plays quarterback at East Chapel Hill High School. “This is someone that worked with our son,” Davis said. “To be honest, I’m a little bit surprised and possibly disappointed. But there has been no revelation as to exactly the extent or exactly what has transpired.” Despite the two-pronged investigation, Baddour said Davis remains the right man to coach the Tar Heels. “I believe in the leadership of this football program,” Baddour said. “When we hired Butch Davis, we believed he was the right fit for the University of North Carolina. And I continue to believe that. He has my support.” Wiseman is a sports reporter for the Durham Herald Sun.
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg heads to the clubhouse through the dugout after leaving the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, in Philadelphia.
Strasburg likely to have Tommy John surgery WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg has a torn elbow ligament and will likely have Tommy John surgery, bringing the pitcher’s promising rookie season to an abrupt end. Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday an MRI on the right elbow revealed a “significant tear.” Strasburg will travel to the West Coast for a second opinion, but Rizzo anticipates the 22-year-old right-hander will need the operation that requires 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation. “As you can imagine, he was initially upset,” Rizzo said. “But he has really turned himself from being upset to being focused on his rehabilitation. He’s determined to get the surgery done and begin the process of rehabilitation.” Strasburg was pulled from Saturday’s game at Philadelphia when he grimaced while grabbing and shaking his wrist after throwing a changeup to Dominic Brown. The Nationals initially called the injury a strained flexor tendon in the
forearm, but an MRI taken Sunday raised enough questions for the Nationals to order a more extensive MRI in which dye is injected into the arm. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Strasburg signed a record $15.1 million contract a year ago. He struck out 14 batters in a sensational major league debut in June and was quickly drawing huge crowds everywhere, drawing gasps with his 100 mph fastballs, bending curves and wicked batter-freezing changeups. He went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 68 innings with the Nationals, who have kept him on strict pitch counts and had planned to shut him down once he reached about 105 innings. But he has had medical setbacks despite the team’s best efforts to be as cautious as possible. He was placed on the disabled list a month ago because of inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. He was making his third start since returning from the DL.